When I was learning how to cook, fish was one of the scariest foods to tackle (pun intended!) so it was last in my arsenal of dishes I could prepare. I guess I was worried because I heard about how easy it is to overcook. I also didn’t want my house to smell like fish.
Tilapia is a great fish to learn how to cook. It’s thin and doesn’t have a strong flavor on it’s own so it can be prepared any way you like. The recipe I’m sharing today is also a great opportunity to use the citrus squeezer I mentioned in my post last month at http://thehungryoenophile.com/2017/04/05/easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy/. The recipe below is for 2 filets but you can easily double it like it did when I made it.
2 tilapia fillets
1 avocado, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
Fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place aluminum foil over a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the tilapia and lay on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
2. While the fish is baking, cut up the avocado and tomato. Place in a medium bowl.
3. Use your citrus squeezer to juice the lemon into the bowl.
4. Sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley. Stir. Set aside until fish is done.
5. When tilapia is done baking, remove from the oven and plate it. Top with tomato and avocado mixture. Enjoy!
I’ve made this a number of times and you really can’t mess it up. All ovens are different. Use your best judgement on the temperature and length of time for baking. Check on the fish. Once it easily flakes with a fork, it’s done.
Although I’ve always used lemon, I’m sure this would work with lime as well. Due to my recently discovered citrus allergy, I leave the citrus out and each person at the table can squeeze some lemon over their own fish. Barring any allergies at your own table, I think it’s better with the citrus mixed in with the tomato and avocado.
This makes a nice spring or summer meal served with roasted asparagus and some quinoa.
Now tilapia does not have a particularly fishy smell but if you notice that your home smells like a fish market after dinner, don’t fret. I have a secret! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, sprinkle some cinnamon on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Voila! Now your house smells like you baked a sweet treat.
I will post again soon. Until then, stay hungry and enjoy your wine!