Tilapia for dinner

Greg and I have recently discovered a new favorite meal.  I was doing some shopping at Costco a while back and saw tilapia filets and knew we needed to mix things up with all the chicken and beef we eat at our house. And we’ve actually found 2 ways to cook it that we both like.  So here they are:

Lemon Garlic Tilapia
      – 4 tilapia fillets
      – 3 tablespoons lemon juice
      – 1 tablespoon butter, melted
      – 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
      – 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
      – pepper to taste
 (We just use 2 fillets and roughly estimate half the rest of the ingredients.)

     Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.  Rinse fillets in cool water, pat dry with a paper towel and place into the baking dish.  Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.  Bake for 30 mins until fish is white and cuts easily with a fork.

 So simple!  To go with it we make pasta with EVOO, minced garlic, butter, parsley, basil and lemon pepper.  Greg just throws things in, no measurements really.

And here’s our other go-to recipe for tilapia:

Broiled Tilapia Parmesean

     – 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

     – 1/4 cup butter, softened
     – 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
     – 2 tablespoons 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
     Preheat your oven’s broiler. Line a pan with aluminum foil. 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.
     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.