I’ve been increasing the amount of fish in our nutrition lately and found this delightful recipe (among many) on the web (allrecipes.com). Normally I like to prepare fish with a lemon-garlic-butter brushed on top, so I was ready to try something new. This is very good and is quite adapted from the recipe on-line that sounded far too salty.
I combined it with a spinach and lettuce salad with avocado. The baked potato is supposed to be a ‘no-no’, but since I’m not perfect, neither was this meal! HA!
We enjoyed this delicious fish earlier this week and then prepared some salmon tonight with my trusty lemon-garlic-butter to get more of those healthy Omega-3’s (click on the link in red italics for the recipe). I’d prepare this tilapia recipe again . . . but next time, no baked potato! Sweet potatoes are the acceptable healthier choice of potatoes now. Baked sweet potato fries would be awesome!
- 1/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (may add up to 1/2 cup, but taste as you go)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened (I’d also recommend an Olive Oil butter replacement)
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (I’d use reduce calorie mayo next time)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- a pinch of celery salt (if you happen to have it on hand; or use another seasoned salt such as Old Bay)
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets
- paprika to sprinkle on for garnish
- Preheat oven broiler.
- Spray pan with cooking spray (I use Olive Oil Cooking Spray).
- In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
- Season with dried basil, pepper, garlic powder and celery salt.
- Mix well and set aside.
- Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle the fillets with more pepper, only if desired.
- Broil a few inches from the heat for 4 minutes.
- Flip the fillets over and broil for 2 more minutes.
- Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side.
- Sprinkle with paprika for color.
- Broil until the topping is browned and the tilapia flakes easily with a fork.