Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My-Oven-is-Duct-Taped-Together Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

I usually do my fish in the oven because I like to pretend it comes out healthier that way, regardless of the amount of butter I use, but remember my demon oven from the last post and how the door fell off into my hands? Well, that kamikaze door is currently duct taped to the stove so as to prevent the befooting of innocent passersby so, rendering it unable to kill, yet unusable to cook things. And it's too f-in' hot to use the thing this week anyway, so let's skillet up some fish!

Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

Here's What You're Gonna Need:

3-4 (or about a pound) tilapia fillets

1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste (optional)
zest of one or two lemons, or whatever you can get done before you zest yourself in the finger (I can't be the only one out there who does this). You can use a grater instead of azester-it's easier and the slightly larger size of the peel doesn't matter here.

3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

the lemons you de-zested

And Here's What You're Gonna Do:

Pat your fish dry with paper towels. Wash your fish hands then melt 2 tablespoons of that butter in the microwave. Be sure it explodes all over the place and makes a glorious mess, because then it looks like you worked really hard.*

In a shallow bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and lemon zest.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter along with olive oil over medium high heat.

While the butter and oil are heating, brush the fish fillets with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter from before, then coat them with the breading.

Cook fillets for 2-4 minutes per side until the coating is a little crispy and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze some lemon on those bad boys and you're ready to go!

*The awesome thing is I was blogging about this recipe as I was making it, and while I was writing the part about the butter exploding all over the microwave I wasn't paying attention and my butter exploded all over the microwave. Awesome.

From my five year old who usually doesn't like fish: "Mommy, this is more delicious than all of the other healthy and unhealthy things you make! Except desert. It's not tastier than dessert."
From my two year old who usually doesn't like fish: "Noooooooooo!"
Okay vegetarians who mourn the loss of bacon, you're gonna want to check out this new baconnaise shirt:
It's awesome and proceeds go to Mercy Corps.

1 comment:

  1. tut! this should be on a pescetarian's blog! hope you enjoyed your meal anyway x


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