Friday, June 24, 2011

Garlic and Lime Buttered Tilapia

Tilapia is a great fish...especially for those people who don't like fish, like me!  The following is a very simple and fast way to bake tilapia with a slightly limy and buttery flavor.  ***Hint...soaking the tilapia filets in plain yougurt, buttermilk, mayo/milk mixture, or milk/lime mixture for at least 4 hours will take away most of the fishy flavor and smell.***

For 3 tilapia filets:
2 1/2 to 3 TBS butter                                                  
1 tsp salt                                                                                                  
1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 freshly minced cloves)     
1 tsp chili powder (like paprika or cayenne)                           
1 TBS fresh lime juice (about 1/2 a lime)
1 TBS salt with lime and chili
1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 freshly minced cloves)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.  Once melted, add all of the seasonings and stir to mix well...only takes a minute!

When the butter mixture is ready, pour a little into the bottom of a baking dish (I use a casserole dish).  Place the tilapia filets in the dish, then pour the rest of the butter mixture over the fish.

Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until it flakes easily with fork (temp of about 155 degrees).
Serve with a rice or pasta of your choice and green veggies.  I served it with onion cream cheese pasta and sauteed spinach with corn.

Easy as that!  And you can cook the pasta while the fish bakes (rice may need to be started before you start the fish), and steam or saute veggies, too.  Dinner in under 30 minutes:)

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