This recipe is a favorite in my house because it will make you just say WOW! after one bite. I keep frozen Tilapia on hand for all kinds of dishes and I decided to play around a little bit with some ingredients and this recipe was the outcome. My husband LOVES anything spicy and adds dried red pepper flakes to most of his meals. I thought I would beat him to the punch and just add the red pepper to the recipe and give it a nice kick! We now have this meal about once a week because it is so tasty! Enjoy!
– Start with 4 Fillets of thawed Tilapia
– Spray a 9X13 baking dish with oil so that the fish doesn’t stick
– Place the Tilapia in the pan and sprinkle generously with Old Bay Seasoning (This seasoning is DELICIOUS on most seafood and is an essential spice in my cabinet)
– Next, spread a thin layer of Olive Oil Mayonnaise on top of each filet. SIDE NOTE: Now, I’m not much a mayo fan so if putting mayo on your fish sounds strange to you, you’re not alone in that boat. But trust me; it makes all the difference when baking a white fish to keep it from getting try. The mayo acts a moisture seal and locks in the scrumptious flavor of all the other ingredients that you will be combining. You can use regular mayo if you want, but I always have the Olive Oil Mayo so that is what I put on mine.
– The next step is to sprinkle the mayo layer with dried red pepper flakes. Depending on how spicy you like your food adjust the amount. I put about twice as many flakes on my husbands as mine. If you like it mild, just sprinkle a little bit on for flavor.
– The last layer is the fresh parmesan cheese! Yes, please! Cheese is my favorite ingredient- you will see that pattern. Grate a pile of parmesan cheese and heap it generously on each fillet.
– Season with a little black pepper and salt on top and then cover your baking dish with foil.
– Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then remove the foil to brown the cheese on top for another 10 minutes.
– The smell that you will have coming out of your oven will be GLORIOUS! And the finished product is beautiful too!
Fish is such a light dish so I like to pair it with some fresh veggies. Sautéed garlic green beans are one of our favorite sides and pairs so nicely with this dish.
– Start with either fresh green beans or frozen beans (canned beans will not work for this recipe, they will be too mushy)
– If you have fresh beans, rinse and snap the long ones in half to enable even cooking. (From here on, whether you have fresh or frozen, the recipe is the same)
– Drizzle a frying pan with olive oil and place over medium heat.
– Add 2 cloves minced garlic to the olive oil and sauté.
– Add your green beans and, using tongs, toss the beans around to coat them in the oil and garlic mixture.
– Add cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt and toss to coat (these coarse seasonings will create a nice texture on the beans)
– Keep your heat on medium and toss the beans occasionally to keep from burning and to ensure all the beans are cooked evenly.
– When you have cooked them to your desired tenderness, just serve them alongside the Tilapia!
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