3P Tilapia

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So today I wanted to share a super yummy, super easy recipe for people who love fish.  Seriously, it takes like 20 minutes (and most of that is cook time).

I call it 3P Tilapia, because the main seasonings are three ingredients that start with P (Parmesan cheese, paprika, and pepper) and it's tilapia.

Here's what you'll need:

tilapia fillets not pictured
-Tialapia fillets, obviously.  For this recipe, I've been using frozen fillets and just thawing them in a bowl of warm water (they thaw out a lot quicker than I expected them to).

-olive oil 

-lemon juice

-Parmesan cheese




-additional spices as desired (I've been adding a little Mrs. Dash to add an extra little kick)

Here's how you do it:

-Preheat the oven  to 400 degrees.

-Combine your cheese and spices in a gallon-sized bag.  I don't have exact measurements here, because I'm more of an...experimental?...cook, and I like to eyeball things and add ingredients as I see fit.  I think it's a little more fun that way.  I like to use a lot of pepper, so it ends up a little kickier; if you don't like pepper as much, use less.  That's the beauty of adapting a recipe to your needs :)  Shake vigorously to mix evenly.

-In a small container (I used a measuring cup for funsies), mix a little olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice.  They may not mix well, but it's okay; it's just for flavor.  This is optional; I've made it with and without, and it's good both ways.

-Coat the tilapia with the lemon oil mixture.  I didn't have a brush to use, so I drizzled some on with a fairly flat baby spoon.  Sometimes I use paper towels to dab it on too.  Yeah, I'm weird.

-Put the oiled fillets in the bag of cheese and spices and shake to coat.  It may be helpful to do this one fillet at a time.

-Put the fillets in a pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the thickest part of the fish is opaque.

-Then eat.  It's yummy. Good sides are asparagus and mac and cheese.

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