Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

Tilapia is a very easy to cook and mild tasting fish.  If you are new to cooking fish, this is a great one to start with.  I typically buy tilapia fillets in the freezer section, and about 6 frozen fillets come per bag.  The fillets thaw quickly for last minute meals and there are many simple ways to cook them.  I halved this recipe and used 3 tilapia fillets since it was for just the two of us, but the full amounts are listed below.  We both thought it was delicious and we will definitely be making again.  Enjoy!


          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 cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
    3. Place fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn 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. 
      Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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