Tuesday, February 16, 2010

For the love of tilapia..

My sister and I were talking today about how she wanted to learn some recipes for tilapia so she could introduce her kids to fish. Aaron loves tilapia, and I love to try out new recipes. A kitchen marriage made in heaven.

Tilapia & Vegetable Packets

  • Tinfoil

  • Cookie sheet (preferably with a lip to it)

  • 3-4 tilapia fillets (can be adjusted depending on the amount of tilapia you have/want)

  • 1 T. Fresh Rosemary, minced

  • Salt, as desired

  • Pepper, as desired

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut as mentioned below

  • 1 yellow onion, cut as mentioned below

  • 2 lemons

Here comes the variation part - the veggies. I've used everything from red bell peppers, onions, zucchini, squash, etc. The main point is to cut these into sticks about the size of one bar of a Kit Kat. You don't want them smaller or they'll turn to mush before the fish is finished cooking. Not pretty.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and begin assembling your tilapia packets. You will need one piece of tinfoil for each packet. Begin by placing the cut veggies on the bottom of the packet - you want a little bed about as large as the piece of tilapia you're using. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and the minced rosemary on both sides of the tilapia and place it on top of the vegetables. Take a few slices of lemon (3-4 usually works) and place them on top of the tilapia fillet.

Grab the two longest sides of the foil and pull them together on top of the fish, leaving some room so it can steam the fish. Roll the two edges together (like a lunch bag) and then roll each of the other two sides separately to keep in all the juice while it cooks. After assembling all the packets, place them on a cookie sheet in the 350 degree oven, checking them after 20 minutes. When the fish is no longer opaque and more of a white, it is done!

Happy eating!


  1. YAY so happy that you are restarting your blog! i can't wait to try all of your recipes :)