This creamy and spicy dipping sauce for tilapia is flavored with fresh basil and diced jalapeno pepper. It has a delicious summery freshness, great flavor and comes together in minutes. Serve it with breaded and fried tilapia bites for a quick and easy summer meal.
How to make it:
Finely dice jalapeno pepper, then add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.
How to serve it:
I recommend serving this sauce with breaded and fried tilapia bites. Here’s how to make 2 servings of tilapia bites:
- Cut 2 raw tilapia fillets into bite-sized chunks.
- Beat 1 egg in a shallow dish and pour 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs into a second shallow dish.
- Dip the tilapia bites in the egg and then in the bread crumbs.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pan, then fry the fish bites on both sides until golden-brown on the outside and flaky on the inside.
- Dip each tilapia bite in the sauce.
How to store it:
Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.
How spicy is this dipping sauce?
The level of spiciness of this sauce is determined by the jalapeno pepper. The less ribs and seeds you remove, the spicier the sauce will be.
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Dipping Sauce for Tilapia
- ½ jalapeno pepper, most of the ribs and seeds removed*
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (you need about 20 medium/large leaves or an equivalent amount for that)
- 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- Finely dice the jalapeno pepper half (this should yield about 2 tablespoons).
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.
- Season to taste with a pinch of salt.
- Serve with breaded and fried tilapia bites.