I’ve written this recipe a few times, but wanted to update it a bit for everyone. This is one of the easiest and fastest three-course meal recipes I’ve ever written and I love that it’s also incredibly versatile. The basic premise is the same but the specific ingredients can be adjusted, depending on your preference and what you have available. I hope you love this recipe as much as me!
- I call this recipe “Fish in a Flash” because you’re only going to need 15 minutes to make this three-course meal for your family. It’s full of flavor, cost-effective, and adjustable… what more could you want in a recipe?
- Fish (Feel free to use whatever fish is on sale or what you happen to have in your freezer) In this case, I used two tilapia fillets, but I’ve made this dish with flounder, haddock, or any other light, flaky fish. I haven’t used salmon, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t!
- Crackers (Ritz crackers, Cheese crackers, club crackers, saltines, etc) crushed
- Salt, Pepper, and any favorite seasoning (I like Paprika)
- White wine (use whatever you have on hand or you can substitute water)
- Broccoli flowerettes (I used a half bag of Broccoli-Wokly from the local grocer)
- Bag of microwave brown rice (or your favorite starch)
- Spray a microwavable dish with cooking spray and arrange your fish fillets on dish.
- In a small bowl, crush the crackers and mix in your seasonings. Sprinkle fish with seasoned cracker crumbs.
- Using your thumb as a stopper, gently “thumb” wine over the crumbs to lightly wet them to create a coating on the fish. You can also spoon the wine (or water) over the fish.
- Top fish with broccoli flowerettes – I did them in a decorative fashion for these photos, but I typically just add a layer of broccoli over the fish.
- Wet a paper towel and lay on top of the broccoli – this will help to steam the veggies.
- Pop your dish into the microwave and cook on high for 10-12 minutes, until the fish is flaky and well-cooked.
- Remove the fish from the microwave and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
- Cook the 90-second brown rice in the microwave.
- Remove rice and divide onto individual plates.
- Serve meal with brown rice on the plate, topped with fish and vegetables.
This has been a staple in our menu selection for most of my 28-years of marriage. I’ve adjusted and altered the recipe to the point where this is the cleanest and most simple rendition. The original recipe (from my first year of marriage) included a half stick of butter and lots of lemon juice… this version is much healthier and the flavors really seem to pop.
I hope you’ll try this recipe and see how your family likes our Fish in a Flash. It might just become a favorite in your house too!