I never ate much fish growing up, even though my dad and I loved to go fishing! We never ate the fish we caught. Instead, we gave it away to some other fisherman who was happy to receive it. A lot of people go fishing to provide their family with food to eat, so we were happy to help. Anyway, now that we have to follow a heart healthy diet, we have to eat fish. You’re supposed to eat it twice a week, but we just eat it once a week. We eat salmon or tilapia every Sunday night for dinner. So, I had to find lots of great tasting fish recipes my family would enjoy. Here’s a tilapia recipe that I found.
This lemon pepper tilapia recipe was originally from the Taste of Home magazine, but I changed it a little to meet our dietary needs. I do that to just about all of the recipes I use. I change them up to meet our dietary needs and our tastes. You can read more about how I do that in my post, 14 Ways to Adapt Existing Recipes to be Heart Healthy.
You only need 7 ingredients to make this lemon pepper tilapia recipe! I buy tilapia fillets when we go to Costco, so I always have those on hand. These tilapia fillets are nice because they’re frozen and wrapped individually in the bag. So, I only take out the 3 fillets that we need for one meal. I usually take them out the morning before I’m cooking them, and they’re ready to go the next night. I always have margarine, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and parsley on hand. So, I didn’t have to buy anything for this recipe!Are you looking for some healthy fish recipes your family will eat? Come find out what easy baked tilapia recipe I found that my whole family will eat!Click To Tweet
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This tilapia recipe is pretty quick to make. It only takes about half an hour from start to finish.
You preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place tilapia in a 15 x 10 x 1 in. baking pan sprayed with canola oil cooking spray. (I used a 13 x 9 in. pan and it worked just fine.)
Mix margarine and lemon juice.
Pour margarine mixture over fish.
Top with garlic powder, paprika, pepper and parsley. I don’t actually measure these spices out. I just sprinkle some on.
Bake, uncovered, 10 – 12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork.
I’m always afraid the food isn’t cooked enough, so I actually cook my fish for 30 minutes. The black stuff in the pan is the margarine sauce that definitely cooked enough in that 30 minutes! However, you’ll be happy to know it actually cleans out really easily from the pan.
So, you can cook the fish for as long as you think is necessary. You can cook it for the 10 – 12 minutes the recipe recommends, or for the 30 minutes I cook it for, or somewhere in between. Just know, when it flakes easily with a fork, it’s done.
This meal makes enough for only one night. However, it does make enough for my husband to take to work for lunch for two days.
It’s a nice, quick, easy, healthy meal!
A healthy, quick and easy dinner recipe to prepare. Just a few ingredients and a little bit of time and dinner will be ready before you know it!
- 6 - 6 oz. tilapia fillets
- 2 tbsp. margarine, melted
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place tilapia in a 15x10x1 - in. baking pan sprayed with canola oil cooking spray. (or a 13x9 - in. baking pan is fine)
Mix margarine and lemon juice.
Pour over fish.
Top with garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and parsley.
Bake, uncovered, 10 - 12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork.
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