How to Create an Impressive Plate of Tilapia

I had no idea what I was doing when I bought tilapia, nor do I ever know what I’m doing when I buy fish. I rely heavily on the instructions on the bag, and I don’t usually stray from what they suggest in terms of times, measurements and the fancy recipe added on the back.

However, it’s come to my attention that I’m not the only person who struggles with putting together an impressive plate of anything from the sea so I wanted to share tonight’s dinner with you guys.

Somehow (and I’m convinced he’s just a very good actor), my guinea pig of the night thought that my tilapia recipe was ahhh-mazing. Seriously, he thanked me vigorously and even got seconds. Let me tell you, he might think I slaved over that fish, but the truth is I hardly lifted a finger. Let’s maybe just keep that to ourselves though.

The following is a super quick recipe that’s pretty much by the book, with toppings that are easy to find in the fridge that can help to make any fish a little fancier than they look coming frozen out of the bag. You can do this in a jiffy and then let the fish cook while you get things done. Sound good? Let’s fish.

Easy Tilapia Recipe

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  • 5 pieces frozen tilapia
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Few sprigs of fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon

What do to:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Melt butter (It takes like 10 seconds. Pay attention, party people)
  3. Add minced garlic, salt, pepper to melted butter.
  4. Pull that fancy, frozen tilapia out of the bag.
  5. Place the fish on a shallow baking tray with tinfoil.
  6. Pour melted butter mixture over the fish.
  7. Sprinkle your fresh dill overtop.
  8. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fish.
  9. Cook for 18 minutes.

At first I was horrified because the frozen fish made the butter mixture basically go hard. It looks like a hard, pale yellow paint all over the frozen fish. How lovely.

However, I was pretty confident with the two-step instructions on the bag and decided to give it a try anyways. The ingredients were a creation of my own making, and if you feel like there’s something that shouldn’t be there or there could be something added, then I give you full power!

Place the fish in the oven for 18 minutes and go take care of whatever else you need to do because we are all busy people. When it comes out, the fish should be warm, tender and the butter will have soaked into the fish nicely. When it came out, we didn’t even need to add anything to it-it was full of flavor all on its own!77picdkW4jQ


To serve with the fish, I sautéed a bunch of vegetables that were previously cut up and cooked some brown rice to go alongside. All in all, it was a very solid, healthy meal that came together in about 25 minutes. Don’t let things get chaotic- try to take care of the rice ahead of time and then take it off the heat but leave the lid on.
Once the veggies were done in the skillet, I just left a lid overtop of the until the fish was ready. I even had time to set the table and make myself presentable like I wasn’t just sweating my butt off in our very hot apartment (I might just give in to the AC unit).

So, there you go! A very easy way to dress up tilapia and impress your guinea pigs all at the same time. Not to mention, its super quick, a healthy meal and great for having leftovers for lunch. Serve it with salads, rice, quinoa or whatever carb is your favorite. Enjoy!

Looking for something else for tonight? Try out the best slow cooker wings you’ll ever eat and give them a go tonight! Hey…would I steer you wrong?

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