Tilapia is very tasty in this recipe, although you can substitute cod, red snapper or orange roughy, depending on what is available. Try Old Bay as your seasoning salt, since the flavor works well with tilapia, or another kind of seasoning salt.
Baking the fish works well, although you can broil it if you prefer. Broil it for three or four minutes or until it is nearly done, then add the cheese topping and broil for another few minutes to brown it. Serve this cheese-topped fish with green beans or broccoli. Rice or potatoes make a nice side dish and round out the fish to become a complete meal.
This recipe appeals to the whole family although you might wish to leave out the hot pepper sauce if you are making it for kids too, since they do not usually like the spicy flavor unless they are used to it. This recipe is very simple to prepare, even for beginners in the kitchen, and as long as you keep an eye on the filets to make sure they do not overcook, there is really nothing which can go wrong with it.
- 2 lbs tilapia filets
- Few drops hot pepper sauce
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- Black pepper, to taste
- Suggested side dishes: white rice and green beans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lay the filets in a single layer in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
- Brush lemon juice over them.
- Mash the parmesan with the butter, mayonnaise, onions, and seasonings.
- Bake the fish for 15 minutes or until it just starts to flake.
- The total baking time will depend on the thickness of the fish you use.
- Spread the cheese mixture over the top and bake for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Watch the tilapia closely to ensure it does not overcook.
- Serve the fish with rice and green beans, or with your favorite side dishes.
This is a simple yet delicious recipe. The rice in the picture can be swapped for fries or potatoes if you prefer, or even pasta and the green beans can be swapped for broccoli or another favorite vegetable. You can make this unique by changing the side dishes. This is a great weeknight meal and the golden crust on top of the tilapia locks in the juices and also adds plenty of flavor. So if you have some tilapia filets and how are wondering how to make them more exciting, look no further than this easy baked tilapia recipe.
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