Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lemon Garlic Tilapia with Baked Garlic Rice

My husband doesn't care much for fish in general, but we're trying to be healthy and eat more fish. This is a very simple white fish recipe that I found on that he actually likes :) I followed the recipe, but made minor modifications in the quantity of each ingredient to suit our tastes. Unfortunately, this time around I accidentally let the garlic cook too long in the butter, causing it to brown, but it still tasted great!

The rice recipe is from Jessica's blog, What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen? The garlic infuses the rice with a nice, subtle flavor. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful the house begins to smell as it bakes... the only thing that smells better is roasted garlic! :)

Lemon Garlic Tilapia

4 tilapia fillets
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (I used 4 tbsp)
1 tbsp butter (I used 2 tbsp)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped (I used 6 - love garlic!)
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
pepper to taste (I seasoned with salt as well)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (I set my oven to 400 degrees F). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a pan, melt the butter and sauté the garlic and parsley on low heat. While the garlic is cooking, rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels. Place fillets in baking dish and season with pepper (and salt). Pour lemon juice over fillets.

Drizzle garlic butter over the fish.

Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 15 minutes. (I baked mine for 25-30 minutes.)

Baked Garlic Rice Pilaf
from What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen?

2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, crushed (I used 4 cloves - love garlic!)
1 cup long-grain white rice (I used what we had on hand, jasmine rice)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Heat butter in a skillet; add garlic and rice and cook until both are golden brown. (I cooked mine over low/medium heat.) Add 1 cup of broth and the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and pour into a covered casserole; bake for 25 minutes.

Stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups broth; cook for another 45 minutes. This recipe can be doubled without increasing the cooking time.


  1. YUMMMMMM!!! I am totally going to make this soon!

  2. First of all, your pictures are fantastic!! Second, I need to try the tilapia. Third, I'm glad you liked the rice!

  3. everything looks so incredible! i agree, your pictures are great!

  4. I made this & my family LOVED it! I added a tbsp of cayenne pepper to the Tilapia to give it a little kick :)

  5. I just made this. With maybe a little more butter and garlic than you did :P and also put onions on top of the rice for that last 45 minutes. Everything was absolutely delicious. Thanks for getting me a pat on the back from my husband!!

  6. Made this tonight. AMAZING! My husband said it was the best fish he's ever eaten. And all three of my kids ate the rice like it was the best thing ever! THANK YOU!

  7. I know this is an old post but a friend recommended your recipe and I tried it tonight with our own variation. It was a hit! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cooked it tonight , everyone loved it !!!

  9. I am making this tonight. I plan to add onions, broccoli, and carrots to the rice. Also, going to add some cayenne pepper as Suly suggested above. I will let you know how it turns out.