Saturday, December 13, 2008

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

And now for a short reprieve from baked goods (but not too long, don't worry!). With all this baking for Christmas going on I am definitely not making as many new dinners as I normally do, but we gotta eat sometime, right?

This is an old favorite - super easy for a rushed weeknight, yet nice enough for a casual dinner with friends as well. It basically consists of making a paste of butter and cheese (and seriously, how can you go wrong with that) and spreading it on broiled fish.

The original recipe say that the amounts below make 8 servings, but they really don't (I halve what is below for the two of us). Tilapia is so light and flaky that Chuck and I can eat almost 8 ounces of it (is that embarrassing to admit?) as a main dish. And don't worry about the specific seasonings that are listed, I really just add what I have in my spice cabinet. Enjoy!

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil (I add parsley too)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder (or minced onion)
1/8 teaspoon celery salt (or garlic salt)
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line 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.

Before the final broil...

...and after. Yum!


Kira said...

Tilapia is such a great easy fish to make for dinner. I'm always looking for variations on recipes, and this looks delicious! Don't worry; Joe and I can eat a lot of tilapia in one sitting too!

priscilla joy said...

Hey Colleen! There is something on my blog for you!

Darius T. Williams said...

This tiliapia rocks! Looks great!

nicole said...

That is so funny. I was just thinking of what I can do with my Tilapia tonight. I guess you made up my mind for me. Looks really good.

Anonymous said...

OH deliciousness!!

Kristen616 said...

This looks really great...I love tilapia and am always looking for different ways to prepare it!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

I love fish and this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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