Monday, January 10, 2011

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

I don't really think I've completely mastered blogging, because there are still a few things I can't make look pretty.
1. Lopsided cakes. They may be the best tasting cake ever, but without a purty picture, often look extremely unpalatable.
2. Casseroles, Lasagnas, etc. Again, something about layers of pasta or meat of cheese or vegetables oozing every which way is not the best way to sell good eats.
3. Fish. I can't do it. Not grilled, fried, poached or baked. Not seared, steamed, roasted or smoked.
I can't do it! But I try. I do. I took about a million pictures of this tilapia, and to no avail... a fish is just a fish. And no matter how tasty it was (and believe me, you will like this recipe), my fish might not have the looks to steal the show.
But... if you, yes you, are a believer that you can't judge a book by it's cover, then hear me. You can't judge a fish by it's picture. To me, this gets 5 stars. A bit cheesey, a bit herby, flaky in the middle and a sliver of a crust around the edges. To make four servings...(and I made it light, but you could go full fat here because tilapia is so mild and light).

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp butter, softened (I used Butter substitute)
1 tbsp and 1-1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise (low-fat)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Dash of salt
4- 6 oz tilapia fillets

1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well and set aside.
3. Lightly salt both sides of fillets and arrange in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 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 cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Happy Monday!


Gabby@FoodChowDown said...

I love tilapia, its one of my favorite fishes right now. I'm trying to master a sweet and savory recipe.

in regards to'll get there... I'm new to the blog world and still learning myself. Its amazing how people are able to spend the time and make these picture perfect meals.

Not that I'm an expert but since there is lots of color in the side dish and fish, I would use a white dish rather than a busy patterned dish to photograph the meal.

Monet said...

I struggle with getting some of my food to look pretty too. Right now I'm working on bread pudding...and it needs work! However, I think your tilapia looks delicious. It certainly does sound delicious! Thanks for sharing, sweet girl. Eat well tomorrow!