Tilapia is a mild-tasting, low calorie, white fish that's super easy to cook and inexpensive to boot. Its light and flaky texture lends itself especially well to certain types of preparation. Here are our tried and true, two favorite ways to cook tilapia.
For easy cleanup, we love to bake this fish in tin foil in the oven. The packets help keep moisture in the fish, cook it evenly, and result in a delicate finished dish. Since tilapia is such a mild fish, we prefer to ramp up the flavor with this parmesan-crusted variety. This recipe is so easy because you just "set it and forget it" when it's baking!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare the crust by combining the spices and cheese in the bowl, whisk until mixed.
Dredge the fish (both sides) in the mixture.
Place tilapia on piece of aluminum foil on baking sheet. Wrap completely.
Bake in oven until it flakes easily with a fork, about 14 minutes.
Remove from packet, serve, and enjoy! This healthy dish would pair well with roasted veggies and rice.
Another great way to get the most out of tilapia is a simple pan sauté. This is more labor-intensive than baking but is still an easy method for cooking this dish. Butter and lemon are a classic flavor profile for fish, and pair especially well with tilapia. Bonus? This style of preparation is great for a weekday dinner since it only takes about 10 minutes!
Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-high heat.
Sprinkle both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
Cook the fish 3-4 minutes per side, until it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from heat.
Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some capers for an extra dose of brine at the end. Sprinkle with a pinch of fresh flat leaf parsley.
Serve and enjoy! Tilapia cooked this way would complement some steamed vegetables and tri-colored quinoa.