This 10 minute smothered and baked tilapia recipe is the EASIEST Sunday meal we’ve ever made. Easy, tasty and HEALTHY, this tilapia recipe is one you’re going to want to keep on hand! (Enter slow clap for Jordan actually making a healthy meal.)
Several of you asked for the full smothered and baked tilapia recipe since I posted it on my Vlog, so I thought I'd share it here for quick access. Since this recipe literally takes 10 minutes from start to finish, it is the perfect go-to for those days when you look up and it’s already time for dinner!
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Most of the ingredients you need are probably in your kitchen already, so as long as you have the tilapia, this is a great way to start shelf cooking! Seriously guys, this is the PERFECT quick and easy meal for a lazy Sunday… or any day. Give it a try, and let me know if your family enjoys it as much as mine!
GET THE FAMILY INVOLVED
Because of it's simplicity, this baked tilapia recipe is a great one to get your kids involved with! Gather all your ingredients, throw them into the bowl and let the kids mix away. They can stir until their little hearts are content—there's no messing this one up.
Worried about your pickiest eater?? When we get our kids involved with the cooking process, they learn to take pride in the meals they prepare and actually eat better. Now, that's a win!
PREPARING YOUR TILAPIA
We love to buy our tilapia fillets frozen from Costco, but you can use fresh from the meat counter as well. If you choose to use frozen tilapia, it's best to thaw overnight in the fridge, but if you need to whip this up last minute, you can always quick-thaw in a bowl of water. Whichever you choose, make sure your tilapia is completely thawed before cooking!
Smothered and Baked Tilapia
- 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 C Mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Dried Basil
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 4-6 Tilapia Fillets
- Preheat oven to broil and line a baking pan or sheet with aluminum foil.
- In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except tilapia.
- Arrange filets in a single layer on the pan and broil for 3 minutes on each side.
- Remove from the oven and smother the top side of the fillets generously with parmesan mixture. Broil 2-3 more minutes or until the mixture is lightly browned and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
REHEATING YOUR BAKED TILAPIA
This tasty smothered and baked tilapia recipe is at it's very best when it is fresh out of the oven. But wait—we don't want to let those leftovers go to waste! Go ahead and store that leftover baked tilapia in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
When you're ready to reheat for a second go around, DON'T reach for the microwave. This will leave your baked tilapia dry. Instead, preheat your oven to 275 degrees and let it bake for 10-15 minutes, or until hot. Sprinkle with a little water to prevent it from drying out and you'll have delicious seafood in seconds!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED TILAPIA
We served our smothered and baked tilapia with the BEST wild rice/quinoa mixture. It took a little longer to cook (about 20 minutes), so make sure you start cooking that first. I made several cups and we ate it with various meals for the entire week!
We also served it with broccoli, that only took as long as the fish did. I cut the broccoli, put it in a glass bowl with about 1/4C water, covered with a plate, then microwaved for 5-7 minutes. Perfectly steamed broccoli, so fast! Mix it up by sprinkling a little lemon pepper seasoning on top when it's done.
There you go! Hope you enjoy this as much as we did. This is such a great meal to get your whole family around the table for. We bet they'll love it!
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