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Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to cook Tilapia with herb butter

Tilapiaseasoned fish 002 (Photo credit: Dawn Gagnon)


As the warmer months roll in we like to eat lighter. Finding recipes that are healthy and lighter give us more energy for the fun activities we all take part in during the warm months. Tilapia is a mild flavored fish, super easy to cook, and with the right seasonings can be a wonderful flavorful dish to serve to your family.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 fish fillets of Tilapia
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
Lemon juice
¼ cup melted margarine
¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
1- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon green onion minced
1 tablespoon parsley (fresh is great but you can substitute with dried)
1- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
dash of black pepper 

Instructions:

Herb butter
Cream together ¾ cup of softened margarine, mined green onion, lemon juice, parsley, dill and pepper until well blended. Set aside for later. You do not have to refrigerate this, however if you are preparing it ahead of time cover refrigerate and let flavors merge. If you don't have lemon juice, Lemon pepper is a great substitute.

Tilapia
Make sure Tilapia is patted dry. Spread 1 tablespoon of the seasoned butter on one side of each fish fillet, dredge in seasoned crumbs. Turn fish over and repeat.
You can prepare this Tilapia several ways, bake in 400 degree over on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes- until fish flakes easily apart with fork, or you may cook them on a grill using a non stick grilling spray. Grill for about 4 ½ minutes per side until fish is golden brown. You can also fry them in a good skillet for about the same amount of time per side.
Note: If your children prefer tartar sauce with their fish, a simple tartar sauce recipe is easily whipped up. Just use 1 cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of pickle relish, and a dash of seasoned salt and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix together in a small container and refrigerate until needed.

This is great with the pasta salad seen in the picture and some fresh sliced cucumbers.
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