Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yummy Tilapia

So I've been into doing some freezer meals lately. I figured out the trick is to do everything up until the final cook and they end up tasting like I just made them.
I made this recipe times four and shared two with a friend. We've eaten one and got another in the freezer. My family (6 eaters) probably could have eaten 1 1/2 pounds of fish so next time I will increase it a little. Everyone raved!

1 pound Tilapia (I used the fresh Tilapia from Costco), cut into serving size
1/4 c butter
2/3 c seasoned bread crumbs (I crushed the focaccia croutons from Costco)
1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 t basil
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder
1 T lemon juice
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1/4 c slivered almonds

Melt butter in casserole dish (one size down from a 9 X 13 worked well). In separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese, basil, oregano, salt and garlic powder. Dip fish in melted butter, then in crumb mixture. Arrange fish in dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice, then top with mushrooms and almonds. To freeze cover with plastic wrap and tinfoil. Label tinfoil with reminder to remove plastic wrap before baking. When ready to cook, let thaw and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Enjoy!


Heidi said...

That sounds fantastic! I love freezer meals, especially since I did some at a make-ahead kitchen called "Dinners Done Right." I will try this tilapia recipe as soon as I am back in my culinary zone in CA!

Emily said...

We had this last night, and I'm so excited that both Jon and Abby loved it! Jon said, "This is the way fish is supposed to be cooked." It's the first time he has liked anything made out if seafood. All of us are looking forward to having it again!
I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, so I added some garlic seasoning that's used for garlic bread, and it worked out great. I also had to leave out the mushrooms and almonds.