Category: Main Dishes

Garlic Butter Grilled Trout

Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here’s a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.
Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here's a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.

Unexpected Surprise

Last month one of our neighbors gave us some recently caught trout! The fish had already been cleaned professionally, packaged and frozen. Our friend mentioned that a relative gives him lots of trout, but he’s the only one in his family that likes it, so he has way too much in his freezer. Lucky for us, he decided to bless us with 5 of them!

These are the five beautiful trout we received from our friendly neighbor down the street! What an unexpected, lovely surprise! They had already been cleaned, prepped, and frozen, so all I needed to do was thaw them and cook them!

The trout have been cleaned, gutted, frozen, and packaged before we received them.

In the past, I have typically dredged whole trout in beaten egg and then covered the fish in a cornmeal spice mixture and pan-fried them. This time, my husband and I came up with a new way (to us) for cooking a couple of the trout on our grill.

Sooo… here are the two trout we decided to grill on our Weber BBQ the FIRST time. Sometimes I think the only reason I don’t think I will enjoy trout is because of the eyes… just look at ’em. **Shudders. Once I get past that, I’m good. Kinda.

Two trout are ready to be stuffed and then grilled.

Prepare The Garlic Butter Grilled Trout For Cooking

Spread the minced garlic onto the inside of each fish, and place 2-3 thin slices of butter into the cavity, as well.

Minced garlic and thin slices of butter are added to the fish cavity.

Place a couple thin slices of fresh lemon into the cavity of each trout, on top of the butter. Rub both sides of the trout generously with olive oil or vegetable oil.

Thin lemon slices are added to the garlic and butter in the fish cavity.

Making Sure The Fish Won’t Stick To The Foil Is Important

Place a large sheet of aluminum foil onto a large baking sheet. The baking sheet will hold the weight of the fish, until you slide the foil and fish onto the bbq grill. Spray the aluminum foil very generously all over with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil, and then carefully transfer each stuffed trout onto the foil.

NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

The trout is stuffed with garlic, lemon and butter before being grilled.

Two Methods For Cooking Garlic Butter Grilled Trout

There are two ways to cook the trout. My photos reflect method #1, but I will also explain how to cook via method #2. We’ve now cooked garlic butter grilled trout BOTH ways, with equally good results!

METHOD #1: Place the aluminum foil with both of the stuffed trout onto the grill grate directly over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully transfer the trout off of the foil and directly onto the bbq grate. Cook 7 minutes (lid closed), and then flip to other side and cook for 7 more minutes (lid closed). Remove the fish from the grill.

METHOD #2: Do not stuff the trout before placing it on the bbq. Place generously oiled aluminum foil (one piece of foil for each trout) with the UNSTUFFED trout onto the grill grate, but NOT DIRECTLY over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook on indirect heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the garlic, butter and lemon to each fish cavity. Add a top layer of foil, and wrap up each of the fish in foil, sealing foil packets tightly. Let the fish cook for 15 minutes (lid on the grill), then remove the foil packets from the grill.

The garlic butter grilled trout, cooked on foil, directly over hot coals on the bbq.

After Grilling, But Before Eating

This is what the garlic butter grilled trout looked like (below) once we brought it into the house. These trout were cooked using Method #1, as described above.

Once the trout is fully cooked, open it up and slice all the way through the back of the fish, resulting in two pieces. Be sure and pull the bones out by lifting the bone section up and pulling it up and away form the fish.

IMPORTANT! Trout is notorious for it’s small bones, so take care when eating, to ensure bones have been removed.

The fish skin is crisp, after removing it from the grill.

Time To Serve the Garlic Butter Grilled Trout!

After de-boning and removing the skin (it pulls right off), the garlic butter grilled trout fillets are ready to serve! Remember to keep an eye out for any sneaky, hideaway, tiny little bones…

The grilled trout, on a plate with side veggies, ready to eat.Garlic butter grilled trout fillet, served with a baked potato and asparagus.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout! It tastes really yummy! Hope you have a great day, friends, and remember to show kindness to those you share this journey of life with. Thanks for reading!

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Garlic Butter Grilled Trout
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here's a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.

Category: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter grilled trout
Servings: 4 (1/2 trout per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 307 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 trout , cleaned and gutted
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (each Tablespoon cut into 3 thin slices)
  • 4 slices lemon (thin slices)
  • olive oil or vegetable oil , enough to brush on fish and coat aluminum foil
  • non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. METHOD #1: Spread the minced garlic onto the inside of each fish, and place 2-3 thin slices of butter into the cavity, as well. Place a couple thin slices of fresh lemon into the cavity of each trout, on top of the butter. Brush both sides of the trout generously with olive oil or vegetable oil. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil onto a large baking sheet (the baking sheet helps hold the fish until you slide the foil and fish onto the grill. Spray the aluminum foil very generously all over with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil, and then carefully transfer each stuffed trout onto the foil. Place the aluminum foil with the stuffed trout onto the grill grate directly over hot coals on the bbq. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully transfer the trout off of the foil and directly onto the bbq grate. Cook 7 minutes (lid closed), then carefully flip trout to the other side and cook 7 more minutes (lid closed). Remove fish from grill. To serve: de-bone and skin the fish. Serve, and enjoy!

    NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

  2. METHOD #2: Do not stuff the trout before placing it on the bbq. Place generously oiled aluminum foil (one piece of foil for each trout) with the UNSTUFFED trout onto the grill grate, but NOT DIRECTLY over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook on indirect heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the garlic, butter and lemon to each fish cavity. Add a top layer of foil, and wrap up each of the fish in foil, sealing foil packets tightly. Let the fish cook for 15 minutes (lid on the grill), then remove the foil packets from the grill.

    NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Grilled Trout
Amount Per Serving (0.5 trout (half of 1 trout))
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 623mg18%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 272IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here's a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

If you enjoy family-friendly comfort food, then you will love this easy chicken pot pie, filled with chicken breast and veggies in a delicious gravy!
If you enjoy family-friendly comfort food, then you will love this easy chicken pot pie, filled with chicken breast and veggies in a delicious gravy!

My husband and I have a fondness for chicken pot pies. Especially my husband. Nine times out of ten, my hubby will buy Marie Callender’s pot pies when he makes a Costco run. BUT… when I want to make a homemade chicken pot pie, THIS is the recipe I use!

Filled with chicken breast chunks, gravy,and all the standard pot pie veggies like potatoes, carrots, peas, onions and celery, this is one yummy and easy chicken pot pie! Best part is that it doesn’t require too much work to make, especially if you use store-bought pie crusts! Here’s how to make this delicious dinner!

How To Make Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Prepare the veggies and chicken, but cutting them into bite-sized pieces (note: the potatoes are not shown in this photo).

Place the prepared celery, carrots, frozen peas, potatoes and chicken into a large saucepan. Add the chicken broth to the pan. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil, and then continue boiling for 15 minutes. Once done, drain the veggies, reserving 1¾ cups of the broth to use later!

Chicken, celery, frozen peas and sliced carrots are part of the filling for this dish.The veggies and chicken pieces cook in chicken both for 15 minutes.

Pre-Bake The Bottom Pie Crust

While the veggies and chicken are being cooked, pre-bake ONE bottom 9″ pie crust in a preheated oven (recipe requires TWO crusts). You can use already made pie crusts OR make homemade crusts like I did.

Prick the crust with the tines of a fork (on bottom and sides of crust). Bake in a preheated 425° F. oven for 5-7 minutes. Try to time this so the crust is done when the chicken pot pie filling is thickened.

Pre-baking the bottom pie crust for a few minutes.

Make The Easy Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Now it is time to make the chicken pot pie filling!  Make sure to have the cooked, drained veggies and chicken in a large saucepan.

Drained veggies and chicken in saucepan, waiting for thickened sauce.

In a separate skillet (or pan), cook the chopped onions in butter (on medium-low heat) for 3-4 minutes until they are translucent in color and cooked through.

Add the flour, celery seed, salt and pepper to the skillet, and stir well, to fully combine the ingredients.

Onions are cooked, then flour and spices are added to skillet.

Now stir in the reserved chicken broth (1¾ cup) and milk. Stir or whisk these ingredients into the onion mixture.

Continue to cook the creamy filling on medium-low heat, stirring or whisking often. The filling will thicken fairly quickly as it cooks.

Chicken and milk are added to the cooked onions, flour and spices.The sauce has thickened, and is ready to add to the veggies and chicken.

Once the gravy filling has thickened, pour it into the pan with the drained chicken and veggies. Stir gently, to thoroughly combine these ingredients. This is the filling for your easy chicken pot pie (and it really was easy, wasn’t it?).

Finish Making This Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Okay… now take the pie crust you pre-baked out of the oven. Turn the oven down to 375° F. Pour all of the chicken pot pie filling into the pre-baked bottom crust, and spread it out evenly on the crust.

The easy chicken pot pie filling is now ready!The chicken pot pie filling is spread into the pre-baked pie crust.

Place the second pie crust (uncooked) onto the top of the filling. Seal up the edges, and crimp the crusts together.

Make a few slits in the top of the chicken pot pie with a sharp knife, because this will let the steam escape from the pie as it bakes! Nobody wants their chicken pot pie to explode, right?

Another pie crust is added to the top of the chicken pot pie and sealed before baking.

Bake The Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Place the chicken pot pie on the middle rack of the oven. Bake it at 375° F. for approximately 30 minutes. Because oven vary greatly in temperature ranges, I recommend checking it at 25 minutes, then continue baking until the pot pie is golden brown on top.

You might also see some of the filling bubbling to the top. I ended up letting mine cook for 35 minutes total. When done, remove the easy chicken pot pie from the oven, and be sure to let it “rest” for 10-12 minutes, before slicing and serving.

A peek at the inside of this easy chicken pot pie after removing a slice.

We really enjoyed this easy chicken pot pie! The leftovers were fantastic, as well! Cover the leftover pot pie with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator, and it will “keep” for 3-4 days.

The filling really sets up nicely after being refrigerated (for leftovers), which makes slicing into the filling even easier. A quick pop into the microwave oven to reheat, and the leftovers are ready for a quick lunch or another dinner!

A single serving of chicken pot pie on a white plate.

We really enjoyed this simple, but delicious chicken pot pie! I would encourage you to give it a try, and hope you and those you love, will be pleased with the results, like we were! Have a great day!

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Original recipe source: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/chicken-pot-pie/

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

If you enjoy family-friendly comfort food, then you will love this easy chicken pot pie, filled with chicken breast and veggies in a delicious gravy!

Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chicken pot pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 444 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts , cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 large potato , peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • cup butter
  • cup chopped onion
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • 32 ounces chicken stock (or broth) , for boiling - (reserving 1¾ cup for filling)
  • cup milk
  • 2 9" unbaked pie crusts (purchased or homemade)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the veggies and chicken. Place the cut, sliced celery, carrots, peas, potatoes and chicken into a large saucepan. Add chicken broth to the pan. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil, and then continue boiling for 15 minutes. Once done, drain the veggies, reserving 1¾ cups of broth to use later!

  2. While veggies and chicken are being cooked, pre-bake the bottom 9" pie crust in a preheated oven (recipe requires TWO crusts). You can use already made pie crusts OR make your own. Prick the crust with the tines of a fork (on bottom and sides of crust). Bake in a preheated 425° F. oven for 5-7 minutes.

  3. In a skillet, cook chopped onions in butter (on medium-low heat) for 3-4 minutes until translucent in color and cooked through. Add flour, celery seed, salt and pepper to skillet, and stir well, to combine ingredients. Stir or whisk in reserved chicken broth (1¾ cup) and milk. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring or whisking as it cooks. The filling will thicken fairly quickly. Once filling has thickened, pour it into the pan with the drained chicken and veggies. Stir gently, to thoroughly combine these ingredients. Take the pre-baked pie crust out of the oven. Turn oven down to 375° F. Pour pot pie filling into pre-baked bottom crust, and spread it out evenly. Place other pie crust (uncooked) on top of the filling. Seal up edges, form crust, and crimp the crusts together. Make a few slits in the top of the pie with a knife, because this lets the steam escape as it bakes!

  4. Place pot pie on the middle rack of the oven. Bake at 375° F. for approximately 30 minutes (mine ended up taking 35 minutes). Because oven temps vary greatly, I recommend checking it at 25 minutes, then continue baking until pie crust is golden brown on top. When done, remove chicken pot pie from the oven, and let it "rest" for 10-12 minutes, before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/8th of pie))
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 718mg31%
Potassium 692mg20%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 3057IU61%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!If you enjoy family-friendly comfort food, then you will love this easy chicken pot pie, filled with chicken breast and veggies in a delicious gravy!

Panko Crusted Rockfish

You’ll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared until done.
You'll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared.

Have you ever eaten rockfish before? It is a mild flavored, medium firm fish that my husband and I started buying over the past couple years. The first time my husband bought some fillets at the grocery store, and brought them home, I wasn’t sure WHAT to do with it, since I’d never tasted it before!

Long story short, I wound up creating a recipe we loved, and have been buying and using rockfish fillets in recipes ever since! We’ve enjoyed Grilled Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce, Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish, and Pan-Seared Rockfish with Fresh Herbs, to name a few!

I came up with this super simple recipe for panko crusted rockfish one evening when my husband was invited out for dinner with a friend at the last minute. I had some rockfish already thawed, so I decided to cook a nice meal just for me! Sure beats cold cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The idea of panko coating to make the fish nice and crispy on the outside sounded good. I made a simple seasoning mix to season the fish with, and boom! A delicious seafood dinner was enjoyed by ME. Here’s how easy this seafood dish is to make!

Make The Seasoning For The Fish

In a small bowl, combine the spices used to season the rockfish. These spices are garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika and dried parsley. EASY!

A few common spices are mixed to season the rockfish.

Prepare The Rockfish Fillets

Pat the rockfish fillets dry, using paper towels. Sprinkle one side of the fish with the seasoning mix, dividing it equally between the two pieces.

Each of the fish fillets are seasoned on one side before cooking.

Place the panko crumbs onto a dinner sized plate and spread them out. Place fish, one fillet at a time, onto the panko crumbs. Press down, to cover the bottom with the crumbs.

Turn the fillet over and coat the other side with crumbs, as well. Pat them firmly into the fish with your hands to make the crumbs adhere to the surface as much as possible.

Set the fillet aside and repeat with other piece, keeping at it until you get as much of the fillet covered with panko crumbs, as possible.

The rockfish fillets are dredged in panko crumbs to coat both sides before cooking.

Pan-Sear The Panko Crusted Rockfish

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Carefully place the fish into the hot oil, SEASONED SIDE DOWN. You should hear it sizzle when the fish goes into the skillet. Do not move the fish after it hits the skillet.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes, until you see the outside bottom edges of the panko crusted rockfish browning and getting crusty. Carefully turn each fillet to the other side, using a spatula. Cook the second side for about 4 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily.

Fish is pan-seared in hot oil.Panko custed fish is flipped and other side is cooked, as well.

Transfer the finished fish to serving plates, and dig in! I served the panko crusted rockfish with Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette and a Wild Rice Salad (with pumpkin vinaigrette) on the side. It was a very satisfying and delicious meal!

Broccoli and rice salad were served with the panko crusted rockfish.

See how flaky the rockfish is inside? It sure tastes good, too. Trust me, this was SUCH a simple dish to prepare, in under 20 minutes from start to finish!

The panko crusted rockfish is cooked through, and flakes easily.

Hope you enjoy this recipe for crispy panko crusted rockfish!  I sure did. Be sure and check out the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page for a look at ALL of my Seafood recipes! Have a wonderful day.

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Panko Crusted Rockfish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

You'll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared.

Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: panko crusted rockfish
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 316 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
Seasoning For Fish:
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • teaspoon salt and pepper (¼ teaspoon EACH)
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon paprika
Remainder of Ingredients:
  • 2 rockfish fillets (approx. 4-5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (must use panko crumbs for crunchiest crust!)
  • Tablespoons olive oil (or oil of your choice)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika and dried parsley. Pat the rockfish fillets dry, using paper towels. Sprinkle one side of the fish with the seasoning mix, dividing it equally between both pieces of fish.

  2. Place panko crumbs onto a dinner sized plate and spread them out. Place fish, one fillet at a time, onto the panko crumbs. Press down, to cover the bottom with the crumbs. Turn the fillet over and coat the other side with crumbs, as well. Pat them into the fish with your hands to make the crumbs adhere to the surface as much as possible. Set fish aside and repeat with other fillet.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Carefully place fish into the hot oil, SEASONED SIDE DOWN. You should hear it sizzle when it goes into the skillet. Do not move the fish after it hits the skillet. Cook for approximately 4 minutes, until you see the outside bottom edges of the rockfish browning. Once well browned and crusty, carefully turn each fillet to the other side, using a spatula. Cook the second side for about 4 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Transfer the fish to serving plate once done, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Panko Crusted Rockfish
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet (4 ounces))
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 450mg20%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 62IU1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You'll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared.

 

Garlic Butter Pork Chops

Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!
Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!

My mom used to make fried pork chops for our family when I was growing up. They were nothing fancy, because she just coated them in flour, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried them in oil. They tasted okay, but were just kind of “plain”! Now that I’m MUCH OLDER and am the one cooking, I find great delight in finding recipes for OTHER ways to cook pork chops!

Recently I found a recipe for garlic butter pork chops online, and decided to give it a try. You can use bone-in OR boneless chops for this recipe. This recipe is SUPER SIMPLE to make (in hardly any time at all – 20 minutes), and tastes great!

The three ingredient sauce that covers the cooked chops while they bake imparts a lot of flavor, and my husband and I enjoyed this dish. Here’s how to make it!

Prep The Pork Chops

Preheat your oven to 375° F.  Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels (I used boneless chops). Lightly season (to your taste) with salt and pepper, on both sides of the meat. Set the chops aside for a moment while you make the butter garlic sauce.

Boneless pork chops are patted dry with paper towels before seasoning is added.

Making The Butter Garlic Sauce Is A Cinch!

Making the butter garlic sauce for the pork chops is ridiculously EASY! Melt butter and then stir in minced garlic and fresh, chopped thyme leaves. That’s it… see how easy it is?

Set the sauce aside, once blended. This garlic butter sauce will go on the pork chops right before they are baked.

Melted butter, garlic and thyme are combined to make the simple sauce for the meat.

Pan-Sear The Pork Chops

To lightly brown the chops, they must be pan-seared before baking. It’s easy, too! Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. I like using my old faithful cast iron skillet for this, but any non-stick skillet will do! Heat the oil on medium-high heat until really hot, but not smoking. Carefully place the pork into the hot skillet. It should sizzle when the meat hits the oil!

Don’t move the pork chops once they go into the pan, to ensure a good sear! Sear the pork chops until golden brown on the bottom. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Turn the pork chops over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Both sides of the pork chops should now have a golden brown “crust” on them.

Seasoned chops are pan-seared in olive oil in a hot skillet.Pork chops are turned to cook other side after turning golden brown.

Bake The Garlic Butter Pork Chops

You can keep the browned pork chops in the same skillet, if it is oven-safe, OR you can place them in an oven-safe baking dish.

Give the garlic butter sauce a stir, and then pour all of it over the top of the chops. In the second photo below, you can see all that yummy minced garlic on the pork chops!

The butter sauce is poured over the top of the chops in a baking pan.Garlic butter pork chops are now ready to bake!

Bake the garlic butter pork chops in a preheated oven at 375° F. for about 10-12 minutes. Your cooking time might vary slightly, because it will depend on the thickness of the pork chops you are using.

The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove the meat from the oven, once done, and let it sit for a couple minutes before serving. This helps the juices inside redistribute through the meat.

Meat is cooked until the internal temperature reaches 145° F.

Time To Serve The Garlic Butter Pork Chops!

Now it is time to serve this dish! Transfer the pork chops to serving plates. Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the top; garnish with fresh thyme sprigs (if desired), and serve!

Hope you enjoy these garlic butter pork chops! We enjoyed them, served with fresh cold watermelon slices and corn on the cob! It was a great summer meal!

Garlic butter pork chops, served with corn and watermelon on the side.Fresh thyme sprigs garnish the finished garlic butter pork chops.

Thanks for stopping by the ol’ blog today! I appreciate your time, and hope you have the opportunity to make these yummy (and EASY) pork chops for those you love. Have a wonderful day!

Looking For More PORK CHOP Recipes?

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Original recipe source: https://www.primaverakitchen.com/garlic-butter-baked-pork-chops/

Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter pork chops
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 441 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 pork chops , boneless or bone-in (approx. 1" thick)
  • salt and pepper , season to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme , chopped (+ extra sprigs for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.  Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Lightly season (to your taste preference) with salt and pepper, on both sides of the meat. Set chops aside.

  2. Melt butter, and then stir in minced garlic and fresh, chopped thyme leaves. Set the sauce aside once blended together.

  3. Heat olive oil (in a cast iron or non-stick skillet) on medium-high heat until really hot, but not smoking. Carefully place the pork into the hot skillet. It should sizzle when the meat hits the oil! Don't move the pork chops once they go into the pan. Sear pork chops until golden brown on the bottom. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Turn pork chops over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Both sides of the pork chops should have a golden brown "crust" on them.

  4. Place browned pork chops in an oven-safe baking dish, or keep it in the same skillet (if oven safe). Pour all of the butter garlic sauce over the top of the chops. Bake at 375° F. for about 10-12 minutes. The cooking time might vary slightly, because it will depend on the thickness of the pork chops you are using. The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove from oven, once done, and let chops sit for a couple minutes before serving, to help juices inside redistribute through the meat. Transfer pork chops to serving plates. Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the top; garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired, and serve!

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 267mg12%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 866IU17%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!

Traeger BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Make BBQ baby back ribs in “3-2-1” on a pellet grill. Ribs are smoked 3 hours, cooked in foil 2 hours, & grilled with sauce 1 hour! Easy & delicious.
Make BBQ baby back ribs in "3-2-1" on a pellet grill. Ribs are smoked 3 hours, cooked in foil 2 hours, & grilled with sauce 1 hour! Easy & delicious.

This recipe for BBQ baby back ribs is fairly easy, especially with it’s easy to remember 3-2-1 game plan! My husband and I enjoyed these delicious ribs last month which were smoked, then cooked on our Traeger grill, and decided to share this recipe (also from Traeger) here on the blog.

Summer evenings and hot temperatures seem to pair very nicely with bbq ribs that are sloppy with sauce, and tender to the bite! YUM… BBQ baby back ribs are a definite favorite summer food of ours! Here’s how to make 3-2-1 bbq baby back ribs on a Traeger or pellet grill:

Prepare The Baby Back Ribs For Smoking

The first part of Traeger’s 3-2-1- cooking method is to smoke the ribs for 3 hours, after seasoning them. Make sure to remove the silverskin (thin membrane) from the bone side of the ribs (if your grocery store butcher has not already done so). Pat the ribs dry with paper towels.

Two racks of baby back ribs ready for seasoning.

Mix mustard, apple juice, and worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush this sauce onto BOTH sides of each rib rack.

Lightly season (to taste) the racks of pork with your favorite pork and poultry rub spice mix. I used my homemade dry rub spice mix (for pork or chicken), and just sprinkled each rack with a decent covering of spice mix.

Simple sauce with mustard and apple juice, etc. is brushed onto both sides of the ribs.

The racks of ribs are lightly seasoned with pork/poultry spice mix.

Step #1- BBQ Baby Back Ribs In The Smoker

Prepare your pellet grill according to manufacturer instructions. For a Traeger, fill the pellet hopper, and turn the temperature gauge to SMOKE. Leave lid open. Once a fire has been established and grill is smoking (about 4-5 minutes), turn the temperature gauge to 180° F. Let the grill preheat for 15 minutes with the lid closed.

Place the racks of bbq baby back ribs directly onto the grill grate, with the meat side facing up. Smoke the ribs for 3 hours, with the lid closed. Once done, transfer ribs off the grill onto a rimmed baking sheet, and take them into kitchen. Turn temperature setting up to to 225° F.

Smoking the baby back ribs on a Traeger grill for 3 hours.Two racks of smoked ribs ready for the next step.

Prepare The Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Now for the next step! Pull off 4 long sheets of heavy duty foil. Put a rack of smoked ribs on top in the middle. Pull up the sides to surround the meat, because you will be adding liquid in a moment.

Evenly distribute HALF of the brown sugar on top of the ribs. Drizzle the brown sugar with HALF of the honey, and HALF of the remaining apple juice.

Put another long piece of aluminum foil on top of the ribs, and close up all the foil, crimping the edges, so the packet is securely sealed. You don’t want it to leak! Repeat the process with the other rack of ribs.

Each rib rack is sprinkled with brown sugar, and drizzled with honey and apple juice.BBQ Baby Back Ribs are covered in brown sugar and honey with apple juice in foil.

Step #2- Put Foil-Wrapped BBQ Baby Back Ribs Back On Grill

Place the foil-wrapped racks of ribs back directly onto the grill grate. Close the lid, and cook the ribs for 2 hours at 225° F.

After 2 hours have passed, carefully remove the foil off of the ribs. I did this in our kitchen, because there is a lot of juice in the foil packets. Discard the foil. Keep the ribs (just sayin’).

Foil packets with the ribs are cooked on the grill for two hours.After two hours, the foil is removed from the racks of ribs.

Step #3- Grill The BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Okay, now we’re ready for the final step in the 3-2-1 method. Once you’ve discarded the foil, brush your favorite BBQ sauce on both sides of each rack of ribs.

Place the ribs directly on the grill grate, and grill for 1 hour! They sure do look good right about now, right? Toward the end of the grilling time, we added asparagus (another recipe on the blog) to the grill, as well.

The ribs are coated with BBQ sauce, and grilled for one more hour until done!

When done, transfer the bbq baby back ribs to a cutting board. Let them rest for about 5 minutes, then slice between the bones,  and serve!

BBQ Baby Back Ribs are finished cooking, and rest on cutting board for 5 minutes.The BBQ baby back ribs are sliced into individual portions, and are ready to EAT!

Sure hope you enjoy the ribs, cooked 3-2-1 Traeger style! We sure did. It’s an easy to remember method (smoke/braise/grill), and the bbq ribs were delicious! Have a nice day.

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Original recipe source: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/3-2-1-baby-back-ribs

Traeger BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
 

Make BBQ baby back ribs in "3-2-1" on a pellet grill. Ribs are smoked 3 hours, cooked in foil 2 hours, & grilled with sauce 1 hour! Easy & delicious.

Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq baby back ribs
Servings: 6 people
Calories Per Serving: 653 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • cup yellow mustard
  • ½ cup apple juice (divided use)
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Pork and Poultry Spice Rub (or homemade, to taste)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
  • cup honey (warmed)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pellet grill according to manufacturer instructions. For a Traeger, fill the pellet hopper, and turn the temperature gauge to SMOKE. Leave lid open. Once a fire has been established and grill is smoking (about 4-5 minutes), turn the temperature gauge to 180° F. Let the grill preheat for 15 minutes with the lid closed.

  2. Step #1- BBQ Baby Back Ribs In The Smoker: Remove silverskin from ribs (if your grocery store butcher has not already done so). Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Mix mustard, apple juice, and worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Brush sauce onto BOTH sides of each rib rack. Lightly season (to taste) the ribs with your favorite pork and poultry rub spice mix. I used my homemade dry rub spice mix . Place racks of ribs directly onto the grill grate, with meat side facing up. Smoke ribs for 3 hours, with the lid closed. Once done, transfer ribs off of grill onto a rimmed baking sheet. Close lid. Turn temperature setting up to to 225° F.

  3. Step #2- For each rack: Pull off 4 long sheets of heavy duty foil. Stack them on top of each other. Put one rack of smoked ribs on top in the middle. Pull up the sides to surround the meat, because you will be adding liquid. Evenly distribute HALF of the brown sugar on top of the ribs. Drizzle with HALF of the honey, and HALF of the remaining apple juice. Put another long piece of aluminum foil on top of the ribs, and tightly close up foil, crimping the edges, so the packet is securely sealed. You don't want it to leak! Repeat the process with the other rack of ribs. Place foil-wrapped ribs back directly onto grill grate. Close lid, and cook ribs for 2 hours at 225° F. After 2 hours, carefully remove foil off of the ribs. Do this in your kitchen, because there is a lot of juice in the foil. Discard foil.

  4. Step #3- Brush your favorite BBQ sauce onto both sides of each rack of ribs. Place the ribs directly on the grill grate, and cook for 1 hour! When done, remove ribs from grill; let meat rest for 5 minutes, then slice, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation was based on 1/2 rack per serving (total of 4 servings). If you serve 6 with this recipe, the caloric calculation per serving comes out to approximately 653 calories per serving. These are best estimates, because the weight of each rack of ribs will vary, as well as the type of BBQ sauce used.

Nutrition Facts
Traeger BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/3 rack))
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 845mg37%
Potassium 674mg19%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make BBQ baby back ribs in "3-2-1" on a pellet grill. Ribs are smoked 3 hours, cooked in foil 2 hours, & grilled with sauce 1 hour! Easy & delicious.

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks

Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.
Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

We really enjoyed these delicious smoked chili rib eye steaks recently! Thick juicy steaks are coated in a spice mixture, and the meat is refrigerated for several hours to let the flavors permeate fully!

Once the steaks are ready, they are first “smoked” on a pellet grill (we used our Traeger), and then cooked over high heat until perfectly done!

Can I Still Make These Steaks If I Don’t Have a Smoker Grill?

The simple answer is YES! They will not have the depth of smoky flavor that “smoking” the meat with wood pellets will have, but they’re gonna still taste great! The’re going to taste wonderful because of the chili garlic seasoning mixture that coats the meat!

Make The Spice “Rub” For The Steaks

This spice “rub” or “paste” is very simple to make, and packs a lot of flavor onto the steaks. The ingredients are chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, salt, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, and garlic.

These ingredients plus garlic make the spice rub for the rib eyes.

Mash the minced garlic into the salt in a bowl, until they form a paste like mixture. It’s easy to do, using a fork! Stir in the remaining ingredients until they are fully incorporated. The finished mix will be the consistency of a thin chili sauce.

Minced garlic and salt are mashed together to form a paste.Ingredients are mixed together to form a chili-based sauce rub for the steaks.

Prepare The Steaks And Refrigerate

Brush the chili spice paste mixture over all sides of the steaks. I found using a pastry brush very easy, but you can certainly use your (clean) hands, if desired.

A pastry brush applies the chili rub to the rib eye steaks.

Once all four rib eyes are fully coated with the chili spice mixture, cover, and let them “chill” in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This lets the flavors really permeate the meat.

NOTE: The seasoned steaks can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

After the spice rub is applied, the steaks are refrigerated for 4 hours.

Using A Propane or Briquette BBQ Grill?

If using a propane or briquette BBQ, when you are ready to grill the steaks, prepare the grill, according to manufacturer instructions. When grilling the steaks (without smoking them), put the seasoned, marinated steaks on, and grill them to your preferred done-ness.

Time To Put the Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks On The Smoker!

If using a Traeger grill or other pellet smoker, turn the heat setting to SMOKE, and let the fire get established with the lid open. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Once the fire is established and the grill is smoking, turn the temperature setting to 225° F, and close the lid. Let the grill preheat for 10-15 minutes, until temperature has been reached.

Place the steaks on the grill, and smoke them, (with lid closed) at 225° for 45 minutes, or until a probe inserted into the steak reaches an internal temperature of 120°.

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks are smoked for 45 minutes on grill.

When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 120°, remove the steaks from grill. Cover them with foil and keep them warm. See where the temperature probe was in the steak, below?

The smoked chili rib eye steaks are removed to rest while grill is turned up to high grilling temp.

Time To GRILL The Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks!

Turn the temperature setting up to High (450° F), and preheat grill with the lid closed until it reaches temperature in about 10 minutes.

Return the smoked chili rib eye steaks back onto the grill. Insert a temperature probe back into one of the steaks. Cook until desired done-ness has been reached, turning them once. Cooking times will vary, depending on the type of grill you are using, hot spots, etc.  Remember that the temperature will continue to rise a bit after taking the steaks off the grill.

How Long Should I Grill The Steaks?

Grill 4-5 minutes on the first side, then flip and finish grilling the other side until temperature is reached. Here are the “recommended” benchmarks:

  • Rare Steaks: Take off grill at 130-135°. Final temp.= anywhere between 130° -140°.
  • Medium-rare steaks:  Take off grill between 135-140° F. Final temp. = 145°.
  • Medium steaks: Take off grill at 155°. Final temp. = 160° F.
  • Well done: Take off grill at 165°. Final temp. = 170°.

Let the smoked chili rib eye steaks rest for about 4-5 minutes after removing them from the grill to let juices redistribute inside the meat. Serve, and enjoy!

Smoked chili rib eye steaks are grilled on high temps after resting, to finish!

The smoked chili rib eye steaks turned out wonderfully, and flavor permeated the meat! These steaks are not too spicy! When my husband cut into his medium-rare steak, he said it was cooked perfectly! Hooray! Hope you will give this delicious recipe a try! Have a great day.

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Original recipe source: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/beef/chili-rib-eye-steaks

Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Marinating Time (inactive)
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs
 

Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked chili rib eye steaks
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 677 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 rib eye steaks (10-12 ounces each)
  • 2 cloves garlic (large cloves) , minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Instructions
Make Spice Mixture:
  1. Place minced garlic and salt in a small bowl. Mash minced garlic into salt with a fork, until it forms a paste like mixture. Add the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, olive oil, and worcestershire sauce. Stir well, to combine. Use a pastry brush (or clean hands) to fully cover all sides of the steaks with the spice mixture. Cover the steaks, and let them "chill" in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This lets the flavors permeate the meat. NOTE: If making ahead of time, the seasoned steaks can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

Using A Propane Or Briquette BBQ:
  1. Remove seasoned steaks from refrigerator about 15 minutes before grilling. When ready to cook the steaks, prepare your grill, according to manufacturer instructions. Put the seasoned, steaks on, and cook them to your preferred done-ness.

Using A Traeger Grill Or Other Pellet Smoker To Smoke, Then Grill:
  1. Remove steaks from refrigerator while preheating grill. Turn the heat setting to SMOKE, and let the fire get established with the lid open. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Once fire is established and the grill is smoking, turn temperature setting to 225° F, close the lid, and let the grill preheat for 10-15 minutes, until temperature has been reached. Place steaks on the grill, and smoke them, (with lid closed) at 225° for 45 minutes, or until a probe inserted into the steak reaches an internal temperature of 120°. Remove the steaks from grill. Cover with foil and keep them warm.

  2. Turn temperature setting up to HIGH (450° F), and preheat grill (lid closed) until it reaches temperature ( about 10 minutes). Return steaks to the grill. Insert temperature probe into a steak. Grill 4-5 minutes (lid open) on the first side, then flip and finish grilling the other side until temperature is reached, turning ONCE. Let the steaks rest 4-5 minutes after removing them from the grill to let juices redistribute inside the meat. Remember the temperature will continue to rise a bit after taking the meat off the grill. These are the commonly "recommended" temperatures for grilled steaks:

    Rare: Take off grill at 130-135°. Final temp.= anywhere between 130° -140°.

    Medium-rare:  Take off grill anywhere between 135-140° F. Final temp. = 145°.

    Medium: Take off grill at 155°. Final temp. = 160° F.

    Well done: Take off grill at 165°. Final temp. = 170°.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks
Amount Per Serving (1 steak)
Calories 677 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 879mg38%
Potassium 915mg26%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 1230IU25%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Use a Traeger, pellet smoker or BBQ to make delicious Smoked Chili Rib Eye Steaks. An easy, flavorful spice rub coats the smoked, then grilled steaks.

Baja Fish Tacos (Weight Watchers)

Baja Fish Tacos are a Weight Watchers dish, with seasoned broiled fish pieces in corn tortillas, topped with a crunchy slaw and creamy taco sauce!
Baja Fish Tacos are a Weight Watchers dish, with seasoned broiled fish pieces in corn tortillas, topped with a crunchy slaw and creamy taco sauce!

Recently I tried a Weight Watchers recipe for baja fish tacos, and was pleasantly surprised! My husband and I both enjoy tacos (of any variety), and this recipe with broiled fish, sounded interesting, so I tried it! Broiling the fish helps cut calories, too, because it’s not fried!

Low In WW Smart Points

This recipe for baja fish tacos has a fairly long ingredient list (mostly spices), but is actually VERY easy to prepare. Baked fish, is topped with fresh “slaw”, and creamy dressing, and served in warmed corn tortillas.

The recipe makes 8 tacos, serves 4 people ( 2 tacos per serving), and if following the WW Freestyle plan, is 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving.

How To Make Baja Fish Tacos

First things first. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. The spray will help the broiled fish become crispy on the outside!

A baking sheet is covered with foil, and coated with non-stick baking spray.

Prepare Seasoning Mix And The Fish For Broiling

The seasoning mix for baja fish tacos is really easy to make. Simply place the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix together. The seasonings include corn flour (masa), salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and paprika.

Spices in bowl are combined to make seasoning for the baja fish tacos.

Cut the fish you are using into 2″ pieces. I used rockfish, but you can also use red snapper.  Place the fish, several at a time, into the bowl of seasonings, and toss to coat on all sides.

Place the coated fish pieces onto the sprayed foil on the baking sheet. Leave space between each piece of fish. Continue until all fish pieces are on baking sheet. Set aside, but preheat the broiler on the oven.

Fish is cut into 2" pieces, then tossed in seasoning before broiling.

Make The “Slaw”

In a small bowl, mix together the lettuce (romaine or iceberg), green onions, cherry tomato quarters and cabbage. I used a coleslaw mix for the cabbage, so there are a few carrot shreds in there, also! Set aside.

Topping for the baja fish tacos includes cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, and green onions.

Make The Sauce For Baja Fish Tacos

Place plain, lowfat yogurt in a blender. Add fresh squeezed lime juice and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Blend these until you have a smooth sauce. Set aside.

A baja style sauce is mixed in a blender to put on finished tacos.

Cook The Fish And Warm The Corn Tortillas

Warm The Tortillas: At the same time you are broiling the fish, wrap the corn tortillas in aluminum foil, and put them in the oven. Place them on a rack that is the furthest away from the source of heat.

Right before you put the fish in the oven, give the pieces a light spray on top with cooking spray. This will help the top of the pieces to get crispy, also.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler, and cook the fish for about 4 minutes. Remove sheet, and quickly turn each piece of fish over, and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes.

The pieces of broiled fish are golden brown and crispy when done cooking.

Assemble The Baja Fish Tacos

When ready to serve baja fish tacos, place the warmed corn tortillas onto the serving plates.  Place 2-3 pieces of the cooked fish onto each tortilla.

Top the fish with some of the slaw mixture, and then top with a couple Tablespoons of the baja sauce. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge, if desired (optional). Repeat until all of the baja fish tacos are ready to eat.

A few pieces of broiled fish are placed in each corn tortilla.

Baja fish tacos are topped with slaw salad and sauce before serving.

Now all that is left to do, is to pick up one of those big ol’ baja fish tacos, get a good grip on it, and take your first bite. YUM! They are delicious!

Time to eat a couple baja fish tacos!

Hope you will take the opportunity to make these delicious baja fish tacos sometime soon. We really enjoyed them! Have a great day.

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/recipe/baja-style-fish-tacos/5626a5f63d92b3c10eb8a514

Baja Fish Tacos (Weight Watchers)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

Baja Fish Tacos are a Weight Watchers dish, with seasoned broiled fish pieces in corn tortillas, topped with a crunchy slaw and creamy taco sauce!

Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword: baja fish tacos
Servings: 4 (2 tacos per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 332 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound rockfish or red snapper , cut into 2" chunks
  • 8 medium corn tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro sprigs (optional, for garnish)
  • 2 sprays cooking spray
For Seasoning Mix:
  • 1/2 cup yellow masa corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
For Slaw:
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce , outer leaves removed, cut in 1/4" strips
  • 2 stalks green onions (scallions) , thinly sliced
  • 10 small cherry tomatoes , quartered
  • 1/4 cup coleslaw mix OR purple cabbage , shredded
For Baja Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup plain, lowfat yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon canned chipotle peppers , in adobo sauce, finely chopped
Instructions
PREP WORK:
  1. A) Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. The spray helps the fish become crispy! B) Place seasoning mix ingredients in medium sized bowl; stir to combine, and set aside. C) In a small bowl, mix together slaw ingredients. Set aside. D) Place plain, lowfat yogurt in a blender. Add fresh squeezed lime juice and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Blend until you have a smooth sauce. Set aside.

Prepare Fish Tacos:
  1. Cut fish into 2" pieces. Place the pieces, several at a time, into the bowl of seasoning mix, and toss to coat fish on all sides. Place the coated fish pieces onto baking sheet. Leave space between each piece. Continue until all pieces are on baking sheet. Set aside, and preheat your oven broiler.

  2. Warm The Tortillas: Wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil, and put them in the oven to warm while you are broiling the fish. Place them on a rack that is the furthest away from the source of heat.

    Right before you put the fish in the oven, give fish a light spray on top with cooking spray. This helps top of the pieces get crispy, also. Place baking sheet under the broiler, and cook fish for about 3-4 minutes. Remove sheet, and quickly turn each piece of fish over, and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. When done, remove fish and warmed tortillas from oven.

  3. When ready to serve, place warmed corn tortillas onto serving plates.  Place 2-3 pieces of broiled fish onto each tortilla. Top the fish with some slaw mixture, and then top with a couple Tablespoons of baja sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges, if desired. Repeat until all of the tacos are ready to eat. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Optional garnish: sprigs of fresh cilantro and lime wedge.
One serving = 2 tacos. For those following the Weight Watchers freestyle program, the total point value for 2 tacos (prepared as written) is 6 Smart Points.

Nutrition Facts
Baja Fish Tacos (Weight Watchers)
Amount Per Serving (1 2 tacos per serving)
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 736mg32%
Potassium 895mg26%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 2775IU56%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Baja Fish Tacos are a Weight Watchers dish, with seasoned broiled fish pieces in corn tortillas, topped with a crunchy slaw and creamy taco sauce!

Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Chicken sausage and spinach pasta is an easily made dish, flavored with seasoned chicken sausages, fresh spinach, onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese!
Chicken sausage and spinach pasta is an easily made dish, flavored with seasoned chicken sausages, fresh spinach, onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese!

Do you enjoy cooking with chicken sausages? I’ve come to enjoy the variety of flavors available, and the reduced calories over the past year. Recently I came up with this simple recipe for chicken sausage and spinach pasta, and want to share it here on the ol’ blog!

The recipe in itself is very easy to make. Basically, chicken sausage links are cooked, pasta shells are cooked, and baby spinach, onions, and garlic are cooked. Combine them, along with Parmesan cheese, butter, and light seasoning, and you’ve got yourself a great tasting meal! Here’s how to make this dish:

Cook The Chicken Sausages

Seen below are the chicken sausages I used. You can use any variety you enjoy, but this time we had this meal with Roasted Garlic & Gruyere Cheese links. YUM!

Cook the sausages per package directions. For this brand, I cook the sausages in a cup of water for 8-10 minutes on medium heat, until the water has cooked away. Then the sausages are cooked for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned on all sides.

After cooking, let the chicken sausages rest for 5 minutes, then slice them in 1/2″ rounds, and set aside. Do not clean out the skillet (you will use it to cook spinach later).

The chicken sausages are cooked according to package instructions.

Cook The Pasta Shells

Cook the small pasta shells in boiling water until done. Follow package instructions for length of time (about 9-11 minutes usually). Once pasta is finished cooking, drain, reserve the cooking water, and keep the shells warm.

IMPORTANT: Do not pour out the starchy water from the pasta. You will need some later!

Pasta shells are cooked to add to this dish.

Cook The Spinach, Onions and Garlic

Cook the chopped onion in the same skillet (with any leftover sausage “grease”) used to cook the sausages. If there was no “grease” leftover, simply add just a tiny bit of oil (1/2 teaspoon or so). Continue to cook the onions on medium heat, for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.

Add the baby spinach one handful at a time to the skillet. Continue to cook as the spinach wilts down. Once the spinach has cooked down, add more spinach, and continue until all spinach is in skillet. Season the spinach with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add the minced garlic, and cook for an additional minute or two, stirring often to prevent the garlic from burning. It is done when all of the spinach has cooked down considerably.

Spinach, onions and garlic cooking for the pasta dish.

Finish The Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Place the chicken sausages back into the skillet, and gently toss to mix the ingredients. Add the Parmesan cheese, and toss gently to combine.

Cook on medium heat, and then add the drained pasta to the skillet. Pour in 1/4 cup of the reserved starchy water (from the pasta), and the butter. Toss the chicken sausage and spinach pasta together.

Stirring often, continue to cook the chicken sausage and spinach pasta until the water has been absorbed into the pasta, butter has melted, and the dish is heated through.

Cooked chicken sausage slices are added to the skillet with the spinach.

The chicken sausage and spinach pasta is almost ready!

The Chicken Sausage And Spinach Pasta Is Ready To Eat!

Once all the starchy water has been absorbed and the dish is heated through, the chicken sausage and spinach pasta is ready to serve! Taste test the pasta, and add additional salt and pepper, to suit your taste buds.

Dish up the portions onto serving plates, and if you want, sprinkle the top with additional finely grated Parmesan cheese!

Chicken sausage and spinach pasta, on a plate with roasted veggies.

Each portion of chicken sausage and spinach pasta is sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

I really hope you enjoy this dish! We really did, and trust you will, too. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for visiting.

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Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Chicken sausage and spinach pasta is an easily made dish, flavored with seasoned chicken sausages, fresh spinach, onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken sausage and spinach pasta
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 326 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 links chicken sausage
  • 1 cup pasta shells (small) , uncooked
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup starch water (from cooking pasta)
  • Additional Parmesan cheese for garnish , optional
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken sausages per package directions. After cooking, let sausages rest for 5 minutes, then slice into 1/2" rounds, and set aside. Do not clean out skillet (you will use it to cook spinach later).

  2. Cook pasta shells in boiling water, following package instructions for length of time (about 9-11 minutes usually). Once pasta's done, drain, reserve cooking water, and keep shells warm. IMPORTANT!: Do not pour out the starchy water from the pasta. You will need some later!

  3. Cook chopped onion in the same skillet (with any leftover sausage "grease") used to cook sausages. If there is no "grease" leftover, simply add just a tiny bit of oil. Continue to cook the onions on medium heat, for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Add baby spinach (one handful at a time) to skillet. Continue to cook as spinach wilts down. Once spinach has cooked down, add more spinach, and continue until all spinach is in skillet. Season spinach with salt and pepper, to taste. Add minced garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often to prevent garlic from burning. It is done when all spinach has cooked down considerably.

  4. Place chicken sausage slices back into skillet, and gently toss to mix with spinach. Add Parmesan cheese, and toss to combine. Add drained pasta to skillet. Pour in 1/4 cup of the reserved starchy water (from the pasta), and butter. Stirring often, continue to cook until the water has been absorbed into the pasta, butter has melted, and the dish is heated through.

  5. Taste test pasta, and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Dish up portions onto serving plates, and sprinkle with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1010mg44%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2550IU51%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chicken sausage and spinach pasta is an easily made dish, flavored with seasoned chicken sausages, fresh spinach, onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese!

Skillet Glazed Pork Chops

Delicious Skillet Glazed Pork Chops (boneless or bone-in) are covered in a simple, four ingredient glaze, and take only 25 minutes to prepare!
Delicious Skillet Glazed Pork Chops (boneless or bone-in) are covered in a simple, four ingredient glaze, and take only 25 minutes to prepare!

If you enjoy pork chops, then I am thrilled to be able to share with you this incredibly simple and delicious recipe for skillet glazed pork chops today!

I found the recipe in one of my cookbooks, and decided to try it out! Sure am glad that I did! The recipe can be used with bone in OR boneless thick pork chops, so it is very versatile!

Lightly seasoned pork chops are pan-seared in a skillet in a teensy tiny bit of oil, and then removed from the pan once done. A very easy 4 ingredient glaze is then prepared in the same skillet, then the pork chops are added back in and coated with the glaze. That’s it!

The end result is a absolutely delicious quick dinner in under half an hour! Here’s how to make skillet glazed pork chops.

Mix the Ingredients For The Pork Chop Glaze

The sauce/glaze is super easy to make! Measure out pure maple syrup, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and chopped fresh thyme leaves in a small bowl. TIP: If you don’t have access to fresh thyme, you can substitute dried thyme.

Mix the glaze ingredients well (with a whisk or fork), until fully blended. Set the sauce aside.

Only 4 ingredients needed to make the glaze: maple syrup, dijon, cider vinegar and thyme.

The glaze for the pork chops is whisked together in a small bowl.

Use a sharp knife to cut through the fat layer and silverskin on the outside of the chops, at  2″ intervals. This will help the chops to not curl up and buckle too much when pan-searing them. Lightly season the pork chops with salt and black pepper.

Pork chops are seasoned with salt and pepper, and fat is sliced through on outside of each one.

Cooking The Skillet Glazed Pork Chops

Heat one teaspoon of vegetable oil in a 9-10″ skillet. Heat the oil on medium-high heat until really hot, but just barely smoking. Carefully place both pork chops in the skillet. You should hear them sizzle a bit when they hit the skillet.

Pan-sear the pork chops on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, then carefully flip the chops to the other side. Turn the heat down to medium, and continue to cook the skillet glazed pork chops until they register 145° F. on a meat thermometer. This will usually take between 5-10 minutes.

Remove Pork Chops From Skillet When Done

Once done, remove the pork chops from the skillet. Place them on a plate, and cover them with aluminum foil, to keep them warm while you cook the glaze.

NOTE: Do not clean the skillet after removing pork chops… leave any remaining grease in the pan.

Pork chops are pan-seared in a skillet before adding the glaze.

Cook The Glaze For the Pork Chops

Give the reserved sauce a quick whisk, then pour it into the skillet. Turn the heat back up to medium, and bring the sauce to a simmer, scraping up any leftover pork brown bits left on the bottom of skillet. These will add flavor to the sauce!

Once the sauce has begun simmering, continue to cook until the sauce becomes more a syrupy glaze consistency. This should take only 2-3 minutes, and the glaze will thicken and reduce in volume a bit.

The glaze for the pork chops is cooked in the skillet until syrupy.

Place the pork chops back into the skillet with the glaze. Pour any juices that accumulated on the plate with the pork chops back into the skillet, as well.

Continue to cook the skillet glazed pork chops, turning them over in the glaze. Spoon excess glaze over the top of the chops, to completely coat them with the sticky sauce.

Skillet Glazed Pork Chops finish cooking in the thickened glaze.

Serve The Skillet Glazed Pork Chops

After the skillet glazed pork chops have continued to cook for a couple minutes, they are done, and are ready to serve! If checking the internal temperature, pork should reach 145-160 degrees to be cooked adequately.

Transfer the pork chops to serving plates, and spoon any leftover glaze over the tops of each piece of meat. Serve with side dishes you enjoy… we had steamed veggies and some mashed potatoes! Enjoy!

The finished pork chops are served with glaze spooned over the top of each piece.One of the skillet glazed pork chops, served with mashed potatoes and assorted veggies.

I really hope you enjoy this easy recipe for skillet glazed pork chops! My hope is you will be pleasantly surprised at the wonderful sauce that perfectly compliments the pork! YUM! Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you today in all you undertake.

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Original Recipe Source: One of my cookbooks, titled: “The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook”, from the editors at America’s Test Kitchen, published 2014, page 147

Skillet Glazed Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Delicious Skillet Glazed Pork Chops (boneless or bone-in) are covered in a simple, four ingredient glaze, and take only 25 minutes to prepare!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: skillet glazed pork chops
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 324 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 5-6 ounce pork chops (about 3/4" thick) , bone in OR boneless
  • salt & pepper , to season pork (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
For Glaze:
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • teaspoons dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves , can substitute 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Measure out pure maple syrup, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and chopped thyme leaves in a small bowl. Mix the glaze ingredients well (with a whisk or fork), until fully blended. Set aside.

  2. Use a sharp knife to cut through fat layer and silverskin on the outside of the chops, at 2" intervals. This will help chops to not curl up and buckle too much when pan-searing them. Lightly season pork chops with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a 9-10" skillet on medium-high heat until really hot, but just barely smoking. Carefully place pork chops in skillet. You should hear them sizzle when they hit the skillet. Pan-sear pork chops on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, then carefully flip the chops to the other side. Turn heat down to medium, and continue to cook until they register 145° F. on a meat thermometer. This usually takes between 5-10 minutes. Once done, remove the pork chops from skillet. Place them on a plate, and cover them with aluminum foil, to keep them warm while you cook the glaze. NOTE: Do not clean the skillet after removing pork chops... leave any remaining grease or browned bits in the pan, to cook with the sauce.

  4. Give sauce a quick whisk, then pour it into skillet. Turn heat back to medium; bring sauce to a simmer, scraping up any pork brown bits left on the bottom of skillet. These will add flavor to the sauce! Once sauce has begun simmering, continue to cook until it becomes more of a syrupy consistency. This should take 2-3 minutes; glaze will thicken/reduce in volume a bit. Place pork chops back into skillet with glaze, along with any accumulated juices. Continue to cook pork chops for 1-2 minutes, turning them over in the glaze. Spoon excess glaze on top of the chops, to completely coat. Transfer pork chops to serving plates, and spoon any leftover glaze over the tops of each piece. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Glazed Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 596mg17%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious Skillet Glazed Pork Chops (boneless or bone-in) are covered in a simple, four ingredient glaze, and take only 25 minutes to prepare!

Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish

Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish is an EASY pan-seared Weight Watchers entree (2 SP). Delicious, simple, gluten free, and ready to eat in under 20 minutes!
Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish is an EASY pan-seared Weight Watchers entree. Delicious, simple, gluten free, and ready to eat in under 20 minutes!

Over the past couple of years, my husband and I have been trying to eat more seafood. One of the types of fish we have really enjoyed is rockfish, also known as Pacific Snapper.

Rockfish is typically found in the waters off the West Coast (CA, OR, WA and British Columbia), and it has a mild flavor and flaky texture. I’ve enjoyed using it in a couple of my recipes previously (see links below).

How I Found This Recipe

As you may or may not know, I have been collecting cookbooks for over 40 years now. I LOVE to randomly look through cookbooks, seeking out interesting recipes to try! THIS is one of those recipes! Guess what? It’s from a Weight Watchers cookbook! Even if you are not watching your calories, you will love the flavors in this completely easy, low calorie seafood dish!

I found the recipe for cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish in a Weight Watchers Freestyle Cookbook I got last year. It is only 2 smart points per serving, if following a WW Freestyle plan! The original recipe uses tilapia, but I wanted to try it with the rockfish fillets I had in the freezer, so I did! We loved it!

How To Make Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish

The first step is to mix together the spice mixture for the rockfish. Place cornmeal and the seasonings onto a large sheet of wax paper, and mix together.

The spices which are added to the cornmeal are smoked sweet paprika, black pepper, Old Bay seasoning, brown sugar, and dried thyme. Once the ingredients are combined, spread the spice mixture out on the wax paper or work surface.

Spices are added to cornmeal to season the crust on the rockfish.

The spice mixture is spread out to dip the rockfish in.

Gently pat dry the fish using paper towels. FYI: There will be varying sizes of rockfish fillets, and because it was only my husband and I eating, I used three very small pieces of fish.

The recipe as written serves 4, and there will be enough spice mix to coat 4 decent sized pieces of fish.

Rockfish fillets are patted dry before rolling them in cornmeal spice mixture.

Dredge each piece of fish in the spice mixture, to coat all sides well. Use your fingers to press the seasonings onto the fish until it adheres to the surface.

Set the coated piece of fish aside onto a plate, and continue with next piece, until all fish has been covered with spice/cornmeal mix.

The cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish fillets are now ready to cook.

Cook The Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet, on medium-high heat. Once oil is very hot, add the cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish. Lightly spray the top surface of the fish with non-stick spray.

Cook the fish about 4 minutes, until the underside is deeply browned. Carefully turn each piece of cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish over to the other side, and continue cooking for approximately 4 more minutes.

The cornmeal spice coating will crisp up as the fish cooks, and make a wonderfully seasoned outside “crust” on the fillets. This is a GOOD thing!

The cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish fillets are cooked in canola oil in a skillet.

After fish cooks on one side, each fillet is flipped to cook the other side.

Once the fish is cooked, transfer each piece to a dinner plate, and serve with your choice of side dishes! That’s it… now you’re ready to eat this delicious cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish! YAY! See how EASY it was to make this dish?

Serve The Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish

I served our cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish with a side of steamed rice (for my hubby), petite green peas, and my easy to make Southwestern Black Bean Salad (minus the avocadoes).

The fish is garnished with lemon wedges, which we squeezed over the fish before eating. That little extra zing of flavor made this dish even more delicious!

Lemon wedges garnish the finished cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish, served with rice and veggies.

We REALLY enjoyed this seafood dish, and I truly hope it has interested you enough to give it a try! This seafood dish is easy to make, is incredibly low calorie, cooks in no time at all, and tastes wonderful! Hope you’ll try it! Have a great day.

Looking For More Recipes Using ROCKFISH?

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Original Recipe source: “The Essential WW Freestyle Cookbook”, published by Weight Watchers International, Inc., copyright 2018, page 84

Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish is an EASY pan-seared Weight Watchers entree. Delicious, simple, gluten free, and ready to eat in under 20 minutes!

Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 167 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 4 rockfish fillets (approx. 4-5 ounces each)
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Place cornmeal and the seasonings onto a large sheet of wax paper, and mix together. Once combined, spread the spice mixture out on the wax paper or work surface.

  2. Gently pat dry the fish using paper towels. Dredge each piece of fish in the spice mixture, to coat all sides well. Use your fingers to press the seasonings onto the fish until it adheres to the surface. Set the coated piece of fish aside onto a plate, and continue with next piece, until all fish has been covered with spice/cornmeal mix.

  3. Heat canola oil in a large skillet, using medium-high heat. Once oil is very hot, add the cornmeal spice-crusted rockfish. Lightly spray the top surface of the fish with non-stick spray. Cook the fish about 4 minutes, until the underside is deeply browned. Carefully turn each piece of fish over to the other side, and continue cooking for approximately 4 more minutes. Once the fish is done transfer each piece to a dinner plate, garnish each piece with lemon wedges, and serve with your choice of side dishes! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle = 2 Smart Points per serving!

Nutrition Facts
Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 477mg14%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!

Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish is an EASY pan-seared Weight Watchers entree (2 SP). Delicious, simple, gluten free, and ready to eat in under 20 minutes!