Grilled Tilapia and Turkey Sausage Veggies


Tilapia has a strange flavor somewhere between catfish and arctic grayling – in my opinion. I can’t stand catfish, and I love grayling. I find tilapia just “okay” but I buy it when it’s on sale because it’s healthy to eat fish and we don’t do it often enough in our house. On a cooking show I heard “Tilapia eat garbage, so you have to season the heck out of it.” I believe it. It has a very earthy flavor (like catfish, but not as strong).

Anyway, when I make tilapia I season the heck out of it! Tonight it’s heavy on garlic and lemon/pepper with a brushing of roasted sesame oil.

I take it out of the package frozen – I buy the individually wrapped fillets in a box from Costco or Walmart – I rinse it and then coat it with garlic powder, then lay it on tin foil and the top gets a healthy dose of the lemon/pepper and the brush of sesame oil. I leave it sit until the veggies are almost done because the thing fish fillets only take about 10 min to cook on a low grill.

For the veggies… You can use any kind of veggies you prefer. Tonight what I had in the fridge was: Broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms and sweet Walla Walla Onions.

On the grill

On the grill

Chop everything up in to large bite-sized pieces and toss in a mixing bowl.

Then I cut up two rings (This was a big batch of veggies, and the main course for everyone in the family but me – I can’t eat too much sausage, even turkey, on the IP diet) of Hillshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa. Throw those in the mixing bowl too.

Drizzle olive oil over the meat and veggies and toss to coat. You can also put everything in a big Ziploc bag to do the same thing.

Then sprinkle on whatever seasonings you’d like. Tonight I used Johnny’s Garlic Spread Mix, onion powder and black pepper. Salt wasn’t needed because of the sausage.

Seal veggies and sausage in a tin foil package and put on the top rack of a very low heat bbq grill for about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes – for smaller batches don’t cook as long. You want your veggies to hold their shape, not turn to mush from overcooking. At this point, I open up the package to let more smokey flavor into the veggies, then put your tilapia on the bottom rack, on the tinfoil but open, and shut the lid. Another 10 minutes and everything is done at once.

Serve a little tartar sauce with the tilapia if you wish, and a my kiddo enjoys dipping the grilled veggies in ranch dip.



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