A healthy dinner is just a zip away

Lately I have been trying to eat healthier and one way to do this is by steaming more veggies (rather than pan frying them on the stove all the time). I have also thought about steaming meat or seafood but did not know how to go about this.

This picture is blurry because I couldn't wait to go eat this fish I made with Old Bay in a Ziploc Zip'n Steam bag!
This picture is blurry because I couldn’t wait to go eat this fish I made with Old Bay in a Ziploc Zip’n Steam bag!

When I was shopping for Ziploc baggies today and saw the Ziploc Zip’n Steam bags, I had to try them. On the bag, it shares that they are great for cooking seafood, and I happened to have an uncooked tilapia filet at home for dinner, so I thought I would give it a shot.

I can’t lie, I was nervous to cook food in my microwave. Don’t get me wrong. I love using the microwave. But I am very picky when it comes to fish. I don’t like fishy fish. It is especially odd since half of my family lives near the Virginia coast and lives off seafood, but I am not a fan of eating something I can taste came straight from the ocean.

Fish is pretty easy to cook anyway, but these bags just made it even easier, and the fish was so good! Moist, flaky, perfectly cooked. I can’t wait to try chicken in the bag.

Here is how I made the fish:

  1. Remove fish from packaging (I used tilapia from Wegmans). Rinse and then dry with a paper towel.
  2. Put a little garlic powder and a teaspoon or so of Old Bay seasoning (best stuff ever for seafood) and rub it all over one side of the fish. Flip and repeat.
  3. Put the fish in the bag and seal tight, making sure any air is out.
  4. Stick in the microwave. I cooked my filet (about 6 ounces) for about 4 minutes and 30 seconds and at the same time, also cooked a small baked potato at the same time. While the fish is cooking, the bag will expand. This is normal.
  5. Take a look to see if it’s done. I am always nervous that my fish won’t be done and prefer it overcooked rather than undercooked, so I ran mine for another 30 seconds just to be sure. By then it was so flaky it was falling apart.

Voila! I did still eat this with my signature “tartar” sauce (ketchup and mayo – it’s definitely a childhood comfort food for me but hey, it’s only about 60 calories). For sides, I put a tablespoon of sour cream on my potato and I also had some fresh baby spinach (with a splash of apple cider vinegar, another child comfort food as I would only eat green veggies like spinach with vinegar as a kid) that I had steamed on the stove.

All together, this meal was about 350 calories and took me less than 10 minutes to cook with very little clean up. Just throw away the plastic steam bag!

Has anyone else had any luck with using the Ziploc Zip’n Steam bags or any other steaming relate products?

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