Tilapia is a popular fish on the market today, and is a tasty alternative to other types of fish. Tilapia is ideal for those who are looking for a light fish that can be prepared in a variety of ways.
Simple Tilapia Recipes
Baked Tilapia with Breadcrumbs
- 2 tilapia filets
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix the butter, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and mix well.
- Brush the mixture on both sides of the tilapia filets.
- Place the tilapia filets on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Coat the top of the tilapia filets with the breadcrumbs.
- Bake the fish for 8 minutes or until done.
Pan Fried Tilapia with Lemon Sauce
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia filets
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
- Lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley for garnish
- Heat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a dish combine the flour, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and ground pepper.
- Add the tilapia to the flour mixture and lightly coat each side. Shake off any excess flour.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Place tilapia in the skillet.
- Brown the fish on both sides for around 3 minutes per side.
- To keep tilapia warm, place it on a baking sheet and place in a warm oven until ready.
- In the same pan that you cooked the tilapia in, add butter and turn temperature to low.
- Add garlic, lemon juice, and parsley to the butter once it is melted and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Remove the tilapia from the oven and place on a platter.
- Pour the sauce over the fish and serve warm.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and a sprig of fresh parsley.
Garlic Butter Tilapia
- 4 fresh tilapia filets
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Cooking spray
- Parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large pan, combine the butter, garlic, black pepper, salt, parsley, and paprika.
- Heat over low heat until butter is melted.
- Remove mixture from heat.
- Prepare a baking dish by coating the bottom with butter or cooking spray to prevent fish from sticking.
- Place tilapia in the dish and brush the top of each piece with butter mixture.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a platter.
- Garnish with fresh parsley.
Tilapia Preparation Tips
Preparing tilapia can be simple and requires little time. Keep these tips in mind to make the most out of this flaky fish:
- Tilapia can sometimes have a bit of a "muddy" taste. This can happen because the fish eats a diet that includes vegetation. In order to counteract this muddiness, a brief 15 to 20 minute soak in buttermilk will draw the unwanted taste out of the fish.
- If using frozen tilapia, be sure to thaw it completely before cooking. If you need to use a frozen filet, be sure to adjust cooking times.
- Try substituting tilapia for other fish such as orange roughy, flounder, or red snapper.
Variety of Recipes
Tilapia is a versatile fish that can be used in a variety of recipes. You can't go wrong serving this mild, flaky fish that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy.
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