Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Parmesan garlic tilapia

Quick post today...we all know how I like my tilapia (THIS ONE being my absolute fave), so I jumped at the chance to try something different with it when I saw this on Allrecipes.  It was a very rich sauce, perfect for winter in my mind...and thick, almost like a gravy.  Talk about comfort food! And it literally takes UNDER 15 MINUTES!!!  For reals...

1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I used reduced fat)
1/4 cup butter, softened (I used light)
3 T mayo (I used fat free)
2 T lemon juice
1 T fresh basil
1-2 freshly minced garlic cloves (fresh makes all the difference)
1 t fresh ground black pepper
1 t onion powder
2 lbs tilapia filets (I only used 3 filets so I had an abundance of sauce)

Preheat your oven's broiler to high.  Grease a broiling pan or line pan with fat free Pam and arrange your tilapia...

In a small bowl, mix together all other ingredients.  Mix well and set aside.

Broil the tilapia a few inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes.  Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes.  Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the parmesan mixture.  Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.  Be careful not to overcook the fish.

I served this over a bed of Uncle Ben's long grain wild rice and I think it would have been better on it's own.  I thought the sauce needed to be soaked up by something but it clung to the fish perfectly after broiling and I think the rice taste took away from the fish.  Next time I would use some wilted spinach as a bed for the fish (just put some fresh spinach with a bit of butter in the microwave for 20 seconds and lay out on the plate)....I think that would be yuuuuuummy!

Justin wasn't a fan, he thought the sauce was too rich for his blood....but Curt, Candy, and I enjoyed it...and majority rules!!  This sauce would be great on chicken too I think, over a bed of angel hair pasta....

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  1. I've made this dish before- it's so good! I've been a little gun-shy lately because I forgot to set the timer last time and caught the fish on fire. :-O

    I need to try it again, though!

  2. Oh no! Yes, its very easy to forget since its only a couple minutes...I def want to try it again and maybe tame the sauce a little to suit justins tastebuds