I have always loved seafood…and when I say “loved,” I mean a true, genuine, deep from within, LOVE.
But alas, that ship sank when I met Justin 2 years ago and he told me that he was allergic to shellfish. To keep with the whole ocean theme…learning that Justin was allergic, took the wind out of my sails.
Since we never buy any shrimp or scallops or mussels (oh my!), we rarely buy much fish. It’s not that we don’t like fish, we just sort of ‘forget’ about it. We forgot about a whole category of food! For like a year! How crazy is that?!
Fish…is really, really good for you. Not only is it packed with healthful vitamins and minerals, it is also a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. A veritable flood of recent studies shows that omega-3 lowers the chance of heart attack, makes babies smarter, wards off dementia and stroke in the elderly, and even seems to guard against dry-eye syndrome. So fish is not the category of food that you want to be forgetting!
So, Food Network big shot chef Scott Conant says that cheese and fish should NEVER go together. The man is extremely adamant about it!
Well I am adamant that this cheesy fish is delicious. Absolutely adamant.
Broiled Parmesan Tilapia
Yield 2 servings
This recipe was adapted from a contributor named Phoebe at AllRecipes.com.
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 pound wild caught tilapia fillets
- Preheat your oven’s broiler, then line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil (or use a greased broiling pan).
- In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, dried basil, pepper, onion powder, and celery salt. Mix it all together well and set it aside.
- Arrange the fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan and broil them a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a few more minutes.
- Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side.
- Broil the fillets for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish!