Let me just come right out and say it. I am not a huge fan of fish. I never make it. Ever. But after listening to friends go on and on about how much they, and more importantly their children, love tilapia, I had no choice but to try it out on some unsuspecting soulsmy family. And I will tell you right here… my children ATE FISH. Not only that, they LOVED it. Who woulda thought?
I bought my fillets flash frozen in a bag. You can also buy them fresh if you desire. In an effort to save money by staying out of the store I usually freeze my meat anyway. I rarely buy food and prepare it the same day. Because I am a delicate flower and cannot be expected to both shop for the food and cook it on the same day.
Also, this bag said the tilapia was Treasures from the Sea. How could I pass that up?
You will need:
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice*
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt*
2 pounds tilapia fillets
* I did not have any fresh lemons. Nope this jar I keep on my counter is purely decorative, yet it deceives me time and time again when I am at the grocery store into thinking that I really DO have lemons at home.
**Who has this spice in their kitchen? Not me. I left the celery salt out and the tilapia was perfectly delicious.
This is a quick recipe. Fish does not take long to cook at all, so if you are making a side dish you might want that to be almost done before you put your fish into the broiler.
Turn your oven on to the BROIL setting. Make sure that you adjust the racks inside your oven. You want the fish to be a few inches away from the broiling burner.
Line the bottom of your broiling pan with tinfoil. Trust me, it is so much easier to clean up this way. You will thank me for this little extra step later. You are welcome in advance.
Arrange the fillets in a single layer on your broiling pan.
Mix together all of the other ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
If you have anything you need to attend to, go do it now. You will not be leaving your fish again until it is served. Don’t worry this only takes a few minutes. Seriously, I hardly had anytime to take any photos.
Place fish in the oven. Broil for 2-3 minutes. I usually aim for 2 minutes because by the time I find my potholder and get it out of oven, an additional minute has passed.
Flip the filets over and return them to the broiler for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove from oven. Cover the fish with the Parmesan cheese mixture you have already prepared.
You could spread the coating on more neatly if you desire.
Return the fish to the oven and broil for an additional 2 minutes, or until the coating has become slightly brown. You don’t want to overcook the fish. It should flake easily with your fork.
Doesn’t that look delicious?
Miles says that it does not.
This is the child who heard that it was fish and threw himself down on the floor, crossed his arms and yelled, “I DO NOT WIKE FISH!” So then I told him that it wasn’t fish…it was Treasure from the Sea. Then he gobbled it up. And I was thankful for small white lies. Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Treasure from the Sea. God is a parent; He forgives me.
And you will too once you eat this.
Fish, it’s what’s for dinner.