Sloppy Jill | Seafood Sloppy Joe with Tilapia, Shrimp, and Clams

IT WAS COLD AND MISERABLE today, actually, the whole afternoon. Rainy, windy, the kind of day that begs for something warm and hearty, like a good chili. Or a Sloppy Joe sandwich.

Which was exactly what I was in the mood for by noon. The only issue, however, was I was going to have barbecue for lunch tomorrow, and just came off a weekend of beef and pork. I was going to have to switch it up.

So I sautéed some diced garlic and onions in olive oil until they started to brown. I tossed in chopped orange pepper and some shelled large shrimp that I halved lengthwise and sautéed until they just cooked through.

I then added some tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, white wine vinegar, fish sauce, sriracha sauce, soy sauce, paprika, oregano, brown sugar, salt, pepper, bacon bits, clam juice, and lemon juice, stirring that over medium heat until thoroughly blended into a nice almost soupy sauce.

I then sliced two tilapia filets into big chucks and threw them in the pot with a can of whole clams (I wanted to represent—in a Sloppy Jill—the many layers of women, so I used a flake fish, a crustacean, and a bivalve), continuing to stir over medium low heat until the tilapia fell apart into flakes but kept their firmness, about 10 minutes. I then let it simmer for another 5 minutes, letting extra liquid steam off until giving the mixture its necessary chili-like consistency.

Once off the heat, the Sloppy Jill gets spooned onto a butter-toasted bun and plated with some UTZ Dark Russet Potato Chips, that I sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning.

This tasted wonderful, boasting the texture of flavors of traditional chili while still featuring the nuanced tastes of the seafood. But, this time, you don't have to take my word for it; my friends Laure and Chris offer their reviews of the same Sloppy Jill, having prepared them their own for them to enjoy, here on this video.

The compliments were almost as warming and satisfying as the sandwich itself...!

Bun Apple Tea!


Sloppy Jill | Seafood Sloppy Joe with Tilapia, Shrimp, and Clams