So how do you feel about fish?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I am praying that fish is a little higher on the list of foods you enjoy than brussel sprouts.

I wanted to talk about fish this week because it is one of those foods that I thought I didn’t really care for and now I can’t get enough of it.

For the first thirty years of my life the only seafood I ate came in a cardboard box, courtesy of Mrs. Paul. Loved those fish sticks. Smothered in tartar sauce.

As a kid, we never had “real” fish for dinner so I was never exposed to it. And then, when I was around 30, someone talked me into trying some fish at a restaurant. I couldn’t believe how fantastic it was. And, can you believe it? It wasn’t even breaded and deep fried. And not a drop of tartar sauce to be found.

Thus began my love affair with seafood. Of all kinds. I became more willing to try new things, but still I was afraid to cook it myself. You know how when you’ve never personally seen something prepared, you’re afraid to try it because you’re not exactly sure what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done? Or, for that matter, how to tell if it IS done? That’s how I was. Immobilized with fish fear.

When I joined Weight Watchers, I began to see a lot of recipes for fish. That makes sense – it’s a low-calorie, low-carb, high protein food that’s loaded with omega 3’s. And we all know how important those are, right?

At about that time I was getting just a little sick of chicken, so I began to look closely at the recipes and found that some of them just didn’t look all that difficult. Of course, I know now that NONE of them are difficult. I can’t believe I put it off for so long.

So today I want to share with you a hugely popular recipe for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan. It’s popular for a good reason – it’s fantastic! This is the first fish recipe I ever made and it remains my favorite. You really can’t mess it up. You can easily substitute any other whitefish (I’ve used orange roughy, haddock, and cod) and the results are just as good.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (reduced fat or fat-free work fine)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 231; Total Fat 13.3 grams; Fiber .1 grams; Total Carbs .8 grams; Cholesterol 65 mg; Protein 26.1 grams

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So do you have a favorite fish recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

75 comments:

MizFit said...

Im so plain that it always ends up grilled or steamed (which I adore) BUT THIS?
my husband would love...

ooh or poached.

I poach often---you? tips?

midlife mommy said...

That look so yummy!

Tanya said...

Oooh, this is SO up my alley! I love tilapia and I love parmesan. Thanks so much for this.

I usually just brush mine with olive oil and spices and bake it.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

I must say, I have never poached. I don't know why, it just never sounded appealing, I guess. But it's good? Maybe I'll try.

Cyndi said...

That sounds delicious. I love tilapia and cod, and lots of shellfish, but not "fishy-tasting" fish. The funny thing is that we had Mrs. Paul's fish sticks for dinner.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

I hate to admit it, but I still love Mrs. Paul's. :)

Tanielle said...

That looks yummy, and I am not a big fish fan!

blunt delivery said...

ugh. you know. i cannot eat anything that resides in the sea. just can't do it.

i know it's good for you, but then again, so are brussel sprouts

Melissa said...

I'm a huge seafood fan! Thanks for the recipe. Yum!

janis said...

i love seafoods! and i love fish! i always have the patience to remove the tiny bones whenever i eat fish (compared to hubby hihihi).
so this is a nice suggestion... fillet already. better try this sometime. hubby will surely like this. thanks!!!

Days of Whine & Noses said...

I'm not a big fish fan but I have found a couple of ways to eat tilapia (mostly blackened :)

Ritch in Love said...

Sometimes we eat so much Tilapia I think I AM Tilapia. Soooo happy to have a new recipe!

Eve said...

That recipe sounds yummy! I LOVE fish and seafood, especially salmon! Congrats on your SITS day!

Housewife Savant said...

If anyone could convince me to expand my horizons re: food; it'd be you, and you're terrific blog.
Unfortunately, when it comes to fish - I'm still chicken.

April said...

I'm not a huge fish fan, but I do love catfish and hushpuppies, of course! :)

Yaya said...

I love fish! Especially tallapia and salmon!

cat said...

Oh yes, I am going to try this recipe thanks! We just do not have Tilapia here, but I will try some local type of fish.

Beth said...

My son is a huge seafood fan, but my daughter is totally disgusted by it. I'll try this recipe sometime when she isn't home for dinner... it looks delicious!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Just reading the recipe made me want to come off the 42day program we are on to try it out. I am definitely wanting to try this out.

Where I live fish is a very common thing and it is prepared like you said in so many different ways. It is a much healthier alternative to meat.

Preston said...

Happy SITS day. I love fish but my daughter can't stand any type of seafood. Just the smell of it makes her sick so I only have fish in the house if I am cooking it the day I bring it home and she's not home...so I very rarely have it; however, we eat lots of brussel sprouts. It's our favorite veggie. No lie. Seriously. People never believe me when I tell them this.

Bethany said...

I am not crazy about seafood, (Brussel sprouts are a favorite of mine, though.) but this recipe looks fabulous! I think I am going to try it this week!

{Katie Lane} said...

I totally need to try eating fish. never did like it but who knows right, I might change my mind.

Lanie said...

YUMMY! I cannot wait to try this! Happy SITS day!

Astrid said...

I'm a huge fan of fish. We'd eat it every day if we had access to good, fresh fish. I grew in Alaska and we had salmon and halibut...boy, do I miss having excellent fresh fish! (my favorite is grilled fillet with a fresh fruit salsa...but there are many lovely ways to prepare it!)

Creative Junkie said...

*sigh* - I have tried, but I just cant' stomach fish. And I know that tilapia is the most delicate of all fish - that it basically tastes like whatever you season it with ... but I still don't like it. I think it's more the idea that it's fish that I just can't get beyond.

mommytoalot said...

Oh we LOVE fish here, just not so great at cooking it. thanks for the recipe
Happy SITS day to you
xo

Bunny said...

This looks terrific! The first fish I ever had besides the fish sticks was orange roughy, it was wonderful!

Janna Bee said...

Wow, that sounds yummy!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I am not a fan of tilapia, but I'll give this a try with something else! Thanks for sharing.

carma said...

I'm not a fish eater, but I enjoyed this post nevertheless!
carma

Cammie said...

that looks SO good!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sounds yummy!

Porters said...

I love fish! We like to grill catfish with cajun seasoning on it. So yummy!

jubilee said...

I may have to try this recipe. I am so not a fish person but with the Parmesan . . .

WishTrish said...

Oh, dear. I'm still not tempted. I think it's the desert native in me. Fish don't grow here, they shouldn't be eaten here... I'll just have to make up for it with my amazing veggie garden and a bottle of Omega3's.

DawnS said...

I never tried fresh (or real) seafood until I was 30 also! Now I love it and so does my family. I have everything for this recipe so I am trying it this week for sure! I wonder if I can do it on the grill... hmmmm might try just with the foil down.

Vickie said...

Sorry, fish is not my favorite. The closest thing I will eat that is fish is salmon patties.

But, thanks for sharing the recipe:)

tammy said...

Oh yum! I make my tilapia similar to that with just parmesan, mayo and lemon juice. I'm going to try it your way next week. :) Wish I had some white fish in my freezer this week!!

Brandy said...

I'm so not a fan of seafood. But hearing that you weren't either until 30 means I should give it another try.

I know my tastes have dramatically changed since I was a kid so I'm willing to give it a try. Baby steps.

Laura said...

This recipe sounds delicious!

Kara said...

This looks fabulous, I'll have to try it!
My favorite recipe is for pecan crusted salmon. It is the one I used to convert my husband to a fish lover. You can find the recipe on my blog if you are interested:
http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/2008/11/pecan-crusted-salmon.html

Katie said...

Not a fish fan, but I think I might give it a whirl...

Ronnica said...

I've recently been introduced to tilapia...yum!

Joy said...

Looks and sounds amazing. Now who can I get to make it for us? ;o)

Congrats again on your SITS feature!

Mimi said...

Sound fantastic! I ususally just broil w/ lemon. Bo-ring.

Marrdy said...

I am no seafood lover but Halibut (prepared well) makes my toes curl with joy. I will have to try this even though Tilapia is not my favorite.

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

Ummm...yum!! Anything with cheese is great! Thanks.

Rachel said...

Yum! I like fish a lot too. I've actually always liked it, even when I was a little kid.

Then when I lived in Alaska for 7 years I learned to really, really like fish. When we lived on the Kenai peninsula fish was a staple. We'd go set net fishing and catch them straight out of the ocean. One weekend of fishing would supply most of our meat for the following year.

We ate salmon 5 times a week or more. My husband would grill the fish, and it was fantastic. He'd even grill in the winter. My husband's grilled salmon is my favorite.

Jacky said...

Ugh. I do not like fish AT ALL! There's just something about it that repulses me...But I'm glad everyone else can enjoy it! =)

Happy SITS Day!

Jaden Paige said...

My husband is allergic to seafood, and I'm a shell-fish only type of gal... So no tilapia for me, I think! lol... Thanks for the idea, tho... maybe if I get brave one of these nights, I'll try it! :)

Jamie said...

We don't eat a lot of fish around her {but we love seafood}. That recipe sounds wonderful, maybe I'll have to try it...thanks for sharing SITSta!

StampinMom :-)

Christina said...

I never used to be a fish eater, either. I grew up on fish sticks and hated them, so therefore assumed I would hate all seafood. I'm still not a huge fan but I'm learning to enjoy mild, white fish at the very least. I make a similar tilapia recipe that I love, but I'm gonna have to try this one too! :) Thanks!

Ali said...

Fish is just not my thing--I think I had too much of it growing up! During the summers, we'd 'catch and eat' at least twice a week!

Dianna said...

YUM!! Perfect for Lent!

Donnetta said...

I'm so scared to cook fish because I'm afraid it's going to be smelly!!

BUT...I may have to try.

Happy SITS day!

Andrea said...

Me and the smell of fish do not get along at all! But this recipe is something that my husband would probably looooooooove!

Maybe I could cave and make it for him on his birthday? Or a special occassion? Or maybe I could bribe someone else to make it for him? In their house? While I was not there? Do I have to be there? OK, I'll try not to be a baby and make this for him. He's a good guy and he loves fish!

Stopping by from SITS.

AP said...

happy SITS day!! I did not start liking fish til I got married (my man runs a sefood restuarant)!! love that recipe!!

MommyAmy said...

I totally hate fish. I do enjoy shrimp though, which is a major improvement from my childhood. But Hubs of course loves all things from the sea... so I might have to try this recipe. Sometimes I can stomach something if involves cheese. :)

Happy SITS day!

Hairline Fracture said...

I like fish--in my childhood it was always fried catfish (which I still like; I'm not gonna lie). I've actually made this recipe before! We'll have to have it again. This week we're having fish with chopped tomatoes, green onions, and mozarella cheese on top.

wendy said...

Ooh - we LOVE fish and make sure to eat it at least once a week. My 10-yr-old daughter has just recently realized real fish is far tastier than fish sticks! Her 11-yr-old brother still hasn't "seen the light" but we're working on him!

Happy SITS day!

What A Card said...

Sounds delish!

Happy SITS day!

Laura said...

I was raised in the south & catfish is a must have.

Fishbowl said...

Hey, I like brussel sprouts! thx 4 the recipe, I LOVE fish and simple recipes!

Future Mama said...

Wow!! That looks sooo yummy!! I'll have to visit your blog often cause yea... I suck at cooking!!

Happy SITS day!

Stephanie @ BizzieMommy.com said...

I'm so going to try this recipe. I have a bunch of Tilapia defrosting in my fridge right now. Have you tried Chinese Style Tilapia its spicy and really good.

Stacie Haight Connerty said...

I love Tilapia. We also NEVER ate fishing growing up.

Happy SITS Day!

Leslie said...

I am DEFINITELY becoming a follower. That's sounds WONDERFUL! I have recently gotten serious about exercising and eating better...as I have a good 75 pounds to lose.

Today, I've learned that white flour should be removed from my dient. I should go vegetarian at least once a week...for more than one reason. And I need to increase the amount of 'real' fish I eat...starting with this wonderful fish dish. : )

polymerclaysnails said...

Ewww ... I really don't like fish but this was a very well written post ... I don't like any seafood actually ...

Hope you're having a great SITS day

Xazmin said...

This sounds delish! Can't wait to try it! I have a recipe for grilled salmon skewers that my kids adore! If you want shoot me an email and I'll send you the recipe!

Mathea said...

UM, sounds great! My family loves fish and we don't use a lot of tartar sauce. I love Lemon Juice.

Alex the Girl said...

Salmon and Tilapia are so yummy baked. I love baked fish.

angie said...

Nice recipe. I'm one of those people who don't like seafood. I do love brussel sprouts though!

Lisa M said...

I don't know.. brussle sprouts are gross....buuuuuuuuuuuuutttt.... I can't decide.
I only do tuna fish(white in water) and fishsticks, and even those are a stretch. Happy SITS day

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

That sounds delicious.

Rachael said...

I'm not big on seafood/fish. I like Tuna and Salmon, but that's kinda it. It looks like a great recipe though! Happy SITS day!