Monday, October 22, 2007

15-Minute Meal

This is another great weeknight meal idea! Between prepping and cooking, this probably took me all of 15 minutes or so. While the tilapia was in the oven, I prepared the parmesan cheese mixture/sauce and started the spinach. The proportions for the tilapia serve two, so if you want to the original proportions (serves 8) go to

I served this with a lemon garlic spinach. I simply sautéed some fresh spinach in garlic and lemon. This is about as complex of a recipe you'll ever see me make up on my own ;) I'm not a very creative cook, and rely heavily on recipes!

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2-1/4 teaspoons mayonnaise
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder (I substituted garlic powder)
1/8 teaspoon celery salt (I didn't have any on hand so I added a pinch of celery seeds and salt)
1/2 pound tilapia fillets (2 fillets)

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Lemon Garlic Spinach
from Me!

olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. fresh spinach
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper, to taste

Using just enough olive oil to coat a sauté pan, cook garlic over medium-low heat until golden.

Add the spinach to the pan, then season with lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper. Stir until the spinach is just barely cooked.

Remove from pan and serve immediately.


  1. I don't know if dh would go for the spinach (I certainly would) but the tilapia looks mouth watering. Bonus that it was quick and easy!

  2. mmmmm, i love tilapia :) this looks great!

  3. Yum, I have been wanting to try this for a long time. Love your pics!

  4. this looks incredible. i have had this recipe saved for a long time. maybe i'll make it this week while the in-laws are in town...