Broiled Parmesan Herb Tilapia|
Tilapia is the fish that makes an appearance on my table most often. The relatively low cost, year-round availability, and mellow flavor are practical reasons, but ethical reasons also make it a great choice as well. Tilapia is farm-raised, so there is no danger of over-fishing. My husband is also not much of a fish or seafood fan, but tilapia is one of the few fish that he will actually eat. This also makes it an ideal choice for entertaining as even those that do not love fish are pleasantly surprised by its mild flavor and moist texture. This simple and easy baked recipe is not only delicious, it is super-easy for the hostess as well. Don't use fat free mayonnaise in this recipe, although light mayo works just fine. You can also use processed Parmesan cheese (if you must!) and bottled lemon juice. Fresh basil and oregano can also be used in place of the dried Italian herb mixture.
2 pounds tilapia fillets
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon crumbled Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Preheat your broiler and place the oven rack 3-4 inches from the broiler. Line a broiling pan or other sturdy broiler-safe pan with aluminum foil and grease well. Arrange the tilapia in a single layer on the pan and broil for 2-3 minutes. Flip the tilapia over and broil for another two minutes and remove from the oven. While the tilapia is broiling, mix together all of the remaining ingredients in a small bowl until well-blended. You can pre-make the tilapia until this point and can hold it at room temperature covered with foil for up to half an hour - but if you do so, only broil for two minutes on each side as the heat will continue to cook the tilapia. Spread the tilapia with the Parmesan mixture and broil uncovered for 2-3 minutes more, or until the topping is lightly browned and the tilapia flakes with a fork. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork, being careful to not overcook the fish or burn the topping.
Makes 6 servings.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes