I used to be leery of eating fish way back when and only ate fresh bluegills that Dad and friends caught at the lake. With time, I tried more varieties. So, I was pleased to have my first tilapia experience at a restaurant with my boss and co-workers when I was in the working world not so long ago. I saw tilapia on the menu but had never heard of it. I was curious and then thankfully someone before me ordered it. I was saved a lot of embarrassment as I would’ve definitely called it “till-up-eeee-uh!”
This dish is delicious with a capital “D!” The crouton crumbs are crunchy to begin with and combining them with the cheese and cayenne pepper makes a perfect crunchy topping for the slightly firm flaky texture of the tilapia. It’s a quick dish to prepare that we really like. It’s a winner! And I hope you will try it and think so also!
Crunchy Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia
4 tilapia fillets
¾ cup finely crushed garlic-flavored croutons
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons dried chopped chives
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, or to taste
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons each, olive oil and melted butter
Combine croutons, cheese, chives, chipotle seasoning and salt.
Coat tilapia fillets with butter and olive oil mixture on both sides.
Lightly coat both sides of tilapia in the crouton mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until tilapia is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.
One thing I’m not leery of is the Fairy Hobmother ~ you’ve probably seen her sprinkling her fairy dust like crazy all over the web lately!
Recently, I left a comment on my friend Linda’s, My Kind of Cooking, great blog and soon after, was happy to see the Fairy Hobmother’s dust had landed in my email ~ in the form of an Amazon gift card for $25. The funny thing is, I had just been looking at Amazon, considering something I can’t tell you about now for a Christmas gift. So, Woo Hoo! I’ve started my Christmas shopping early for a change!
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