Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Crusted Tilapia!


I‘ve been increasing the amount of fish in our nutrition lately and found this delightful recipe (among many) on the web (  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!

Parmesan, Garlic & Basil Crusted Tilapia
adapted from “allrecipes”

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.

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  1. says

    I figure we have to have a potato once in a while, although sweet potatoes are extremely good baked. Back to the fish I love the garlicky topping.

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