I've been doing extremely well in my goal of not buying lunch at work, and have been packing hearty and healthy lunches. One of the things that makes its way into my lunch most often is a nice piece of tilapia that's been seasoned and then either grilled or broiled. Not only is it healthy but it's also extremely easy to make.
This weekend, while grocery shopping, I came across a Cracked Seed Seasoning blend at my not-so-local Wegmans. As soon as I got home, I fired up the Foreman grill, liberally sprinkled it on a piece of tilapia, and promptly fell straight into love. Since Wegmans is about 50 minutes away, I immediately started trying to dissect the blend so I could try and make my own.
This recipe is pretty much spot on, although I did make a few adjustments for my own taste. The recipe makes about enough to well-season 4 large filets of fish, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. It would work well on seafood, and probably just as good on chicken or turkey. It would also make a pretty fantastic addition to a foodie gift basket.
Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tsp coriander seed
1/2 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp crushed hot peppers
1 tsp dried minced garlic
1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
In a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, crush pepper, coriander, and dill seed to desired texture. Pour into bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Note - I love a good pepper-crusted anything, so I deliberatly left my blend more coarse. Feel free to make yours as fine or as coarse as you desire.