Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Generally if we have fish in our house, we have salmon. I am familiar with salmon, I know how to cook it, what it tastes great with, etc. But I decided to branch out the other night and cook some tilapia. If you are not a huge fish fan, tilapia is a good fish to try; it is a mild, white fish. Meaning, it isn't very fishy and generally the fillets are cut thin (at least they have been in my experience).

This recipe was quick and easy to make. Start to finish, including broil time, this recipe took me about 15 minutes. Yeah, that is a quick and easy dinner, and likely you have all the ingredients in your refrigerator right now, well except perhaps the fish. I paired this with some asparagus and rice cooked in part chicken broth. It turned out to be a simple, and relatively healthy dinner. (I would just say healthy, but there is a good dollop of butter and mayo in the sauce, but each serving has such a small portion, that it hardly counts, right?)

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Recipe from
Pictures by Caroline

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

1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
*Note: tilapia is a very flaky fish, so be gentle when turning it over


The Running Man Ray's Words said...

Looks Good! When I lived in Hawaii, we would catch loads Tilapia on the shore and have big fish BBQ's. It was great.

Chris said...

Baked tilapia parmesan has a regular rotation in our menu. Broiling it takes a little more attention during the cooking process, but it was really tasty.

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