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Old 02-11-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Tilapia. What to do?

Really working on my menu for the week today! :D I have two pounds of frozen tilapia and I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I thought about some sort of flavorful white sauce with rice. Don't really want to do the lemon herb thing and definitely will NOT do the blackened Cajun thing. I'm definitely open for something unique and non-traditional. Any idears?

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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Damp, this recipe calls for halibut but I've always used tilapia. It's one of my favorites!

Grilled Halibut with Rosemary and Tomato-Basil Sauce

1 lb halibut fillet (I’ve used other fishes as well--ie tilapia!)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 tsp dried crushed rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ c diced ripe tomatoes
¼ c coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp finely chopped scallions
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp EVOO
½ tsp grated orange zest

Place halibut in a large, shallow dish. In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice, oil and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour marinade over fish and turn to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Drain fish and place on a greased grill 4” from the heat source and cook, turning once, until opaque throughout, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place tomatoes, basil, scallions, vinegar, oil and orange rind. Whisk together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat sauce on low heat until warm. Place grilled fish on a large serving platter and spoon sauce over top. Serve immediately.
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Here are three more--again, they don't call for tilapia but you could easily substitute it! :D

Mexican Baked Fish

You choose the heat—use mild salsa for a little heat and extra-hot salsa for a lot! Serve with rice, black beans, warm tortillas and lime margaritas for a festive meal!

1 ½ lb cod
1 c salsa
1 c shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
½ c coarsely crushed corn chips
1 avocado—peeled, pitted, and sliced
¼ c sour cream (or more!)

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease an 8x12” baking dish.

Rinse fish under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Lay fillets side-by-side in prepared baking dish. Pour the salsa over the top and sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese. Top with the crushed corn chips.

Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes with a fork. Serve topped with sliced avocado and sour cream.

Nutty Coconut Fish
¼ c mayonnaise
¼ c prepared brown mustard
½ c dry breadcrumbs
¼ c shredded coconut
¼ c chopped mixed nuts
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb whitefish fillets

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise and brown mustard. In a medium bowl, mix dry breadcrumbs, shredded coconut, chopped mixed nuts, sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Dip fish in the mayonnaise mixture, then in the brad crumb mixture. Arrange coated fish fillets in the prepared baking dish.

Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.


Parmesan Baked Fish

4 (4 oz) fresh or frozen fish fillets such as cod, salmon, or orange roughy
Nonstick spray
1/3 c light mayonnaise dressing or salad dressing
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp snipped fresh chives or sliced green onion
½ tsp white wine Worcestershire sauce

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Spray an 8x8x2” baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, chives or green onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Spread Parmesan mixture over fish fillets.

Bake, uncovered, in 450F oven for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
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Looks good, PA! The best part is that I have everything except the scallions! I'll get those tomorrow. Thanks! :D
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You could do my Spicy Fish Stew :?

It's really, really good - some crusty bread and a nice bottle of red - candles, good stuff!!!!

Tilapia is the fish that works the best in this stew - I have tried many - orange roughy comes a close second. All the other fish I've tried have been aweful!!!!! I love this dish because it has everything in it you need for a perfectly balanced "meal in a bowl". The only thing I might do different at times is add more roasted red peppers - up the chili peppers when I feel like a more spicy dish - but the rest is pretty much the same all the time. The shallots give it a nice sweet flavor. If you feel the shallots are a tad strong while you are sauteeing them just add some sugar or even Splenda works.
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Old 02-11-2005, 02:46 PM   #6
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Holy cow. I better take inventory of all the ingredients I have, I might be able to make a couple different dishes! :D Elf, you know I respect your cooking abilities and I'm sure candles are edible but wouldn't that clash a bit with the soup? :?
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Sorry, Elf. I tried to restrain myself but I couldn't help it.
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:roll: (it's not nice to pick on short people)
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