Saturday, May 2, 2009

Baked Tilapia

So I am not much of a fish person. In fact the only fish I will eat are of the mild variety. Halibut, occasionally Salmon, and Tilapia. Since I don't have a love for fish I have never really cooked it because I don't buy it. hehe. I usually would only order it occassionaly in restuarants, when I am forced by my fish loving husband to eat at "those" places. Well, as I have said before, our family is on a low red meat diet.. while there is alot I can do with chicken and pork.. I decided to give the fish a try. I bought some of the frozen tilapia fillets at Costco. I found a recipe on that had alot of possitive reviews. So, I went for it. Everyone at the table raved about it. Even my dad. WHICH NEVER HAPPENS!!! Since I have moved back in with my parents it has been a goal of mine to cook something that my dad loved, and everything has just been "alright". Until I made this fish. He just kept saying this is soo good. He even went so far as to say it was better than Maddox. (those in Utah may have heard of that restaurant.) I felt proud that night. :) It's been a long time coming but finally I got a positive review from my "non-picky" (as he says.......) father. Anyways, give it a try, it's very mild and tasty!

Baked Tilapia
(slightly adapted from

4 4oz Tilapia fillets (you can do more, you can do less.)
2 teaspoons butter (more or less)
Old Bay seasoning
garlic salt
1 lemon, sliced

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Place the tilapia fillets in the baking dish and dot the top with butter. Season with Old Bay seasoning and Garlic Salt to taste. Top with sliced lemon. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 25-40 minutes(depending if the fish is frozen) or until flakey.

I also made a homemade tartar sauce. I didn't measure things out, just added to taste. But here is what I did.

Tartar Sauce

dill pickle relish (if you don't have relish you can finely chop a dill pickle and then add a little of the juice.)
dried dill
lemon pepper seasoning

Mix together all the ingredients, add things slowly and taste as you go until you get it how you like it. I actually used an all-purpose dill mix from the pampered chef. It turned out very tasty.

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