Parmesan Broiled Tilapia – yes we do raise our own fish at our Little Farm – just for our own use. And it tastes amazing. Fish that is fresh – as you probably know – has NO fishy smell and NO fishy taste. And once you have tasted this it is hard to eat fish that is NOT fresh but frozen as most of our fish is. Here is a simple recipe – if you cant get it fresh then make sure that it does not smell. In large cities chinese markets and latino markets will have fresh fish in tanks so if you can find those – I strongly suggest you do! You will be hooked on the wonderful taste!
Here is a simple recipe to make with kids – for a mid week family meal.
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil – or if you dont have it – use 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets
- Preheat the broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
- In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with fresh chopped basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
- Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Don’t over cook the fish. Serve with a green salad of chopped kale ( small pieces) arugula and a lemon juice, olive oil and mustard dressing.
Here the tilapia are swimming around the hatchery…..we thank them for their healthy contribution to our family and urban farming life…..