Use your favorite type of bell pepper in this recipe, or combine several different colors to create a beautiful dish. The most commonly-found bell peppers are green, red, yellow, and orange, but it is also possible to get brown, purple, blue, and white ones. The exact color depends on the cultivar you plant and when you harvest it. Green bell peppers are not yet ripe which is why they are more bitter than the others are.
The fish and bell peppers bake at the same time, so you can cook everything together in one dish and have it ready at the same time. You will need to melt the butter in a separate pan first with the seasonings, but this gives you a nice mixture to grease the baking dish and brush over the fish, both flavoring it and keeping it moist.
The bell pepper should be finely chopped to give it a short cooking time and you can squeeze some lemon juice over it before you pop the dish in the oven. If you do not have a lemon, drizzle a little melted butter or olive oil over the bell pepper instead; you just need something to add a little moisture.
- 4 tilapia filets
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2 finely minced garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ red bell pepper
- ½ green bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Dill weed and lemon slices, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the garlic, butter, dill, paprika, salt and pepper to a pan.
- Heat over a low heat until the butter melts, and then turn the heat off.
- Brush some of the butter mixture over the bottom of a baking dish.
- Add the fish on top, keeping it in the center of the dish to leave room for the bell peppers.
- Brush the remaining butter mixture over the tilapia.
- De-seed and finely chop the bell peppers and scatter them around the outside of the fish.
- Squeeze the lemon juice over them.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the fish is done.
- Serve, garnished with fresh dill weed and lemon slices.
You can see how the bell peppers give this dish an appetizing vibrancy, adding plenty of color. This is a protein-rich meal and also very flavorful. Serve potatoes or rice on the side to round it out and make it a complete meal. The lemon and dill weed are optional garnishes but you will agree they finish off the dish attractively and give it a gourmet presentation. Tilapia is a great budget choice if you want something tastier than basa fish but cheaper than cod. In fact, some people prefer tilapia to cod. This flavorful dish would be nice served with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
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