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Creole Tilapia and Watermelon Disk Day

Paul Klee In the Magic Mirror Art Institute Chicago

What to say to a Paul Klee  In The Magic Mirror day?

Red hot and frazzled? Klee calls this “taking a line for a walk.”

And what about her tiny blackened heart? Disillusionment?

The center of creativity?

I take full responsibility for where my thoughts go on the page, but the Muse is another story…and red, red watermelon is abundant this time of year.

Spicy hot and juicy cool…taste as narrative? Creole vs Cajun?

Creole Blackened Tilapia and Watermelon Disks

Creole Blackened Tilapia, Thin Asparagus Spears and Watermelon Disks


Creole Blackened Tilapia and Watermelon Disks

recipe adapted by Tara Riley inspired by Jim Martin

1 pound Tilapia fillets

1 seedless watermelon sliced ¾ inch disks, chill

1 pound young asparagus spears

Canola oil ⅛ to ¼ inch to cover bottom of skillet

Balsamic vinegar for drizzle

Mixed greens for plating


⅓ cup McCormick Creole Seasoning

¼ cup Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Whisk  together. Set aside.

Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

2 fresh limes, juiced

¼ cup olive oil

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

Whisk together to blend. Chill.

Chill. Chill Just a Little Bit Longer. Think New Orleans.

On the Deck Ready to Admire Summer’s Work

When ready…

Pour Creole-Rub onto flat platter and with your hands rub into fish, coat all sides.

Tilapia with Creole Rub

Fry In An Iron Skillet

Place Iron skillet on grill, medium heat. Add oil.

Place tiliapa in skillet, cook about 14 minutes.

Meanwhile steam asparagus, 3 minutes. Drain. Keep at room temperature.

Remove rind from watermelon disks. And place watermelon disk over greens.

Layer Young Asparagus Over Watermelon Disks

Layer mixed greens, watermelon disk, asparagus spears, and drizzle with Lime Vinaigrette Dressing.

Place Creole blackened tilapia fillets on top of asparagus spears. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.

Drizzle Creole Blackened Tilapia with Balsamic Vinegar

And what’s for dessert?


6 thoughts on “Creole Tilapia and Watermelon Disk Day

  1. WOW! That looks beautiful and very healthy thanks for more inspiration…
    and I have all that stuff in my house, except I need more melon !

  2. Fantastic!
    I agree with Kristin, I hope my family will be open to the fushion, all things everyone loves and eats. Otherwise, it’s time for a girls night, I want to try this!

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