Tilapia Pockets with Cilantro-Lemongrass Mojo

Total Time:
1 hr 27 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 5 (4-inch) lemongrass stalks, white bulb only, root end trimmed, outer layers peeled off and stalk bruised with the back of a knife, thinly sliced
  • 1 tightly packed cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tightly packed cup fresh mint leaves plus 2 tablespoons chopped, for garnish
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 jalapenos, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 4 (8-ounce) skinless tilapia fillets 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick
Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the lemongrass, all but 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, 1/2 cup of the mint, 1/2 cup of the oil, garlic, jalapenos, paprika, and salt in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of oil and vinegar and process until smooth. Place the fish fillets in a large baking dish, cover with the mojo and turn to coat. Marinate fish for up to 1 hour.

Place 4 (16-inch) long pieces of parchment paper on your work surface with the short half facing you. Crease each down the middle. Place a fillet in the center of the bottom half of the rectangle and pour about 1/4 cup of the mojo over each fillet and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cilantro. Fold the top half of over the fillet so that the top and bottom edges meet. Tightly crimp and fold the edges of the parchment working from 1 end around to the other to seal the package. Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes for 3/4-inch thick fillets or up to 12 minutes for 1-inch thick fillets.

Place the fish packets on a large serving dish and open the packets tableside. Serve with juices from the packet and sprinkled with the chopped cilantro and mint leaves.


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