Skillet Fish with Bacon

This one started with an idea i saw on NYT Cooking, And of course, I had some “Idears” I tweaked it so it was mo’ betta. Wrote it all down and then didn’t actually try it. It was posted accidentally (I never add recipes that I haven’t tried myself because I always tweak it more when I actually cook the dish). IServes 4-6.




5-6(6-ounce) fish fillets, such as tilapia, snapper, mahi mahi, tuna trout or striped bass
1/2 tsp Old Bay
½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems
½ tsp red-pepper flakes
1 tsp TJ’s Chili Lime spice
3 Tbs Key Lime juice
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves (from 5 to 6 sprigs)
1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 smoked bacon slices, chopped
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn)


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup parsley with the red-pepper flakes, TJ’s Chili Lime spice, 2 Tbs of key lime juice, garlic and thyme. Zest the lemon into the bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Transfer the fish to the bowl and turn to coat. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The fish can be covered tightly and refrigerated for up to 12 hours.) Cut the zested lemon into 8 wedges and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the bacon drippings in the skillet. Lay the marinated fish fillets in an even layer (skin-side down if your fillets are skin-on) and cover fish with any leftover marinade from the bowl. Cook until the fish is firm, opaque and flakes easily when poked with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a serving platter; keep the skillet on the stove.
  4. Lower the heat to medium, and add the shallots and reserved bacon. Cook, stirring, until the shallots soften, about 2 minutes. Add the corn, stir and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and add last Tbs Key Lime juice. Add the remaining 1/4 cup chopped parsley, stir and spoon over the fish.Serve with the remaining lemon wedges for squeezing.