Two things typically eluded me before I starting learning to cook. 1) Quick, tasty meals that didn’t get microwaved or come in cardboard and 2) summer meals that didn’t feel heavy or meaty. I like salads but I can only eat so many salads in one summer.
I don’t remember where I first saw a recipe for tilapia parmesan but at this point I’ve changed it a few times, made it probably 20 times in 15 different ways and have adjusted everything about it so … no link, just recipe and photos today.
Now, I’m all for fresh ingredients. Get some fresh tilapia and do this. However, I’m going to show you in photos a 15 minute meal that doesn’t have to be defrosted. You can have this plate of food in 15 minutes or less. And on those hot summer nights, a light fish, quick rice and veggie can make the perfect meal.
- Tilapia filets (fresh taste slightly better, frozen are more convenient .. both work)
- 1 tbsp light mayonnaise per filet
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice per filet
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic or
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan per filet
- couple dashes of pepper
- Preheat oven to broil. Move the oven rack near the broiler.
- Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on a cookie tray. Spread the tilapia filets on the foil with the “top” side up.
- Broil the filets for 3 minutes (fresh) or 5 minutes (frozen).
- While the filets broil, mix the mayonnaisse, lemon juice, garlic and pepper together in a small mixing bowl.
- Remove the cookie tray from the oven and carefully flip the filets.
- Broil another 4-6 minutes on the “bottom” side. While they broil heat your vegetables and some 90 second Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in the microwave.
- Remove the cookie tray from the oven and flip the filets again. Broil until the fish is white and cooked.
- Cover each filet with some of the mayo mixture and top with parmesan.
- Broil until the parmesan is browned and melted.