Saturday, October 18, 2014

Garlic Parmesan Tilapia

My family and I love seafood. There really isn't any
seafood that we do not like. Now, I have tried
many varieties of fish and I like most of them.
However, my favorite fish is tilapia. 
I love the mild flavor and you can create
so many recipes with this fish.

After many nights of meat, I was craving some
fish. I wanted to try something new and different.
So, off to Pinterest I went again.
After typing in my search inquiry, this recipe 
appeared near the top. It looked very simple
and only had a few ingredients. This would
be perfect after a tiring day at the daycare.

Thanks to this recipe, I also was able to use
a new ingredient. I have always wanted to use
Panko breadcrumbs. However, it has always
been a little intimidating to me. Now that I have
used panko, I am thinking about new recipes
in my head.

Before we delve into the recipe, let me give credit where credit is due.
The original recipe can be found at Meals With Meredith.
With the recipe for the fish, she also shares a recipe
for a nice looking Quinoa recipe. I might have to
try that recipe in the future.

Garlic Parmesan Tilapia
Original recipe by Meals With Meredith

You will need:
4 Tbsp butter-melted
3/4 c Panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp basting oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
4 tilapia fillets (I used 3 fillets)

Other ingredients you will need is:
Garlic Powder
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

1. In a medium size bowl, mix together:
Melted Butter

 Panko breadcrumbs

 Garlic salt

 Parmesan cheese
**NOTE** I used 3 1/2 Tbsp of cheese.
You know me. The more cheese, the better.

You mixture should resemble something like this.

2. Drizzle approximately 2 to 3 Tbsp of olive oil
on a foil-lined baking sheet.

3. Use a basting brush to spread the oil all over
the pan. Then sprinkle garlic powder over the oil.

4. Lay the tilapia fillets on top of the oil/garlic
powder mixture.

5. Sprinkle fillets with pepper and salt.

5. With clean hands, take the bread crumb mixture
and press all over the top of the fish. Press into
fish well.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes 
easily with a fork. 
I cooked mine for approximately 18 minutes.
My fillets were a little bigger and it took
them a little longer to cook. 

Here is the finally product:

I served the fish with mixed vegetables and
cheddar broccoli rice. It was an excellent meal.

When I make this recipe again, I will do two
things a little different.
#1 - I will use only the garlic salt. I will not
salt the fillets also. It was just a little salty for my taste.
#2 - I will add a little more cheese. Yes, I know I
added 1 1/2 Tbsp more this time. However, you 
can always use more cheese in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy!

Love to you all from the
Busy Cookin' WV Momma!!

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