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Blackened Tilapia

4-6 Tilapia
2 Tbls. Paprika
2 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon pepper
1.5 tsp garlic powder
1.5 tsp ground red pepper
1.5 tsp. dried, crushed basil
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 c. unsalted butter, melted

Heat iron skillet on high 5 minutes. Mix all seasonings in a bowl. Dip fillets in melted butter and coat with seasonings. Place fillets in hot skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side. Makes 4 servings.

Marinated Grilled Tilapia

4 Tilapia fillets

¾ c. olive oil
½ lemon, juiced
1 Tbls. oregano
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ c. red wine/balsamic vinegar
½ c. finely chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 dashes Tabasco

Combine all ingredients, except fillets, in a large jar and shake well. Marinate fish in the marinade for 30 minutes. Remove fillets from marinade. Place fillets on hot grill elevated above coals. Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Makes 4 servings.
SHORT CUT: Use your favorite Italian dressing or barbecue sauce in place of the marinade recipe.

Pan-Fried Tilapia

4-6 Tilapia fillets
3 Tbls. flour
4 Tbls. peanut oil
4 Tbls. butter
1 lemon juiced
1 Tbls. finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Season Tilapia with salt and pepper. Dust portions lightly with flour. Sauté the fish in peanut oil until they are nicely browned and cooked all the way through (about 2-3 minutes per side). When done, remove Tilapia, drain oil, add lemon juice, butter and parsley. Whisk to blend. Pour over Tilapia and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Summertime Tilapia

4-6 Tilapia Fillets
2 medium carrots
2 celery stalks
1 small red pepper
4 oz. butter
1 T. lemon juice
2 chopped garlic cloves
1/4 c. white wine

Julienne all of the vegetables. Cut four 10" sheets of foil. Place equal amounts of mixed vegetables in center of foil sheets. Place a fillet on top of each vegetable mixture. Top fish with equal parts of the remaining four ingredients. Bring together long sides of foil, crimp together to form a tight seal. Fold over remaining edges and form a tight seal. Cook on outdoor grill for 10-12 minutes on medium-high heat. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia In Beer Batter

4-6 Tilapia fillets
Juice of ½ lemon
2 Tbls. chopped parsley
2 Tbls. cooking oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
Oil for deep frying

2 large egg yolks
½ cup beer
½ cup flour
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp baking powder

Cut fillets into 2" pieces. Put in a bowl with lemon juice, parsley, 2 Tbls. cooking oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat oil for deep frying. Dip pieces of fish individually into batter, and then into hot oil. Cook, turning and submerging pieces in the oil until golden brown all over. Drain on paper towels. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia Bruno

4 tilapia filets
4 1 0z. slices x-sharp cheddar cheese
salt + pepper to taste
1 cup (packed) baby spinach leaves
10 sheets phyllo dough

Cut phyllo dough in half (short way). Divide dough into four stacks of five each. Place tilapia fillet in center of dough. Season with salt + pepper to taste. top with spinach and cheese. Wrap dough around fish, cheese + spinach, and tuck in ends. flip over onto oiled sheet pan so folds are held together underneith by the weight of the fish. Lightly oil the dough. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. servings: 4

notes: for a southwestern flair, use salsa in the place of spinach.

Tilapia With Cucumber-Radish Relish

2/3 cup chopped, seeded cucumber
1/2 cup chopped radish
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 (6-oz.) tilapia fillets
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Combine cucumber, radish, oil, vinegar, tarragon, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature while preparing fish. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fish and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until fish just begins to flake easily when tested with a fork. Transfer to serving plates. Spoon relish over each serving. Serving Size: 4

Tilapia With Garlic

4-6 Tilapia fillets
¼ cup plus 1 Tbls. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbls. unsalted butter
5 Tbls thickly sliced garlic
3 Tbls. all-purpose flour
4 Tbls. chopped fresh cilantro/parsley
salt and freshly ground pepper

Rinse and pat fillets dry. Place in a 2" deep glass or enamel-coated dish. Sprinkle with lime juice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. In heavy skillet, combine oil and butter and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic and saut» just until lightly browned. Using a slotted spoon remove garlic and set aside. Remove fish (reserve lime juice), pat dry with paper towel. Dust lightly with flour, shaking off excess. Warm the skillet over medium-high heat, frying fish 2 to 3 minutes per side until brown and crisp outside and just done inside. Remove fillets to a warming dish. Reheat garlic, stir in lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Heat just until the cilantro begins to wilt. Pour over the fillets and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia With Lemon and Capers

4-6 Tilapia Fillets
3 large lemons
2 c. milk
1 c. flour
6 Tbls peanut oil
5 Tbls. unsalted butter
1/4 c. dried capers
2 Tbls. fresh chopped parsley

Peel lemons removing inner white membrane. Cut into segments and dice. Season flour with salt and pepper. Dip fillets in milk and coat with flour. Heat oil in large skillet, sauté fillets, brown on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to serving dish, keep warm. Wipe out skillet, add butter, brown slightly. Stir in lemons and capers and parsley, spoon over fish. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia Matanzas

4-6 Tilapia fillets
2 beaten eggs
4 oz. Crabmeat
1/4 c. softened butter
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. oil
Dash of Hot Pepper Sauce
Pinch of Salt

Add Lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, and salt to softened butter and whip smooth. Place aside. Add oil to a saute pan and bring to medium-high heat. Dip each fillet in egg and sauté for 2 minutes on each side. Place fillet on plate and top with 1 oz. Crabmeat. Finish with a dollop of lemon butter sauce. Place under broiler for 1 minute. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia Parmesan Saute

4-6 Tilapia fillets
1 Tbls. olive oil
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbls. parsley flakes
2 Tbls. butter
1 Tbls. lemon juice
1 tsp. garlic powder

Mix Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, parsley flakes; set aside. Heat a large saute pan and add olive oil, butter, and lemon. Saute fillets 2-3 minutes per side until white and flaky. Sprinkle cheese mixture on fillets and saute each side for another minute, then serve. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia Piccata

4-6 Tilapia fillets
½ cup dry white wine
2 lemons juiced
2 Tbls. chopped parsley
salt to taste
2 Tbls. whole capers
1 tsp. minced capers
4 Tbls. flour
4 Tbls. sweet butter
4 Tbls. peanut oil

Preheat over to 450 degrees. Dust fillets with flour and brown in a heavy skillet over medium heat in the peanut oil 2 minutes per side. Remove fish and drain excess oil. Deglaze the pan with the white wine add butter and capers. Place the fish back into the pan and bake for 5-7 minutes, until firm. When ready, place fish on warm plates and add the lemon juice, salt and parsley back into the pan. Mix well and pour over the fish and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Tilapia Popeye

4-6 Tilapia fillets
10 oz. fresh, cleaned spinach
1/4 C. softened butter
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. chopped parsley
1/2 t. salt
Dash of hot pepper sauce

Poach Tilapia for 5-6 minutes. Steam Spinach for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining four ingredients to the softened butter, whip smooth. Arrange spinach on a plate. Then place Tilapia on top of the spinach. Finish with a dollop of the lemon butter on each fillet.
Makes 4 servings.

Wesport Tilapia

4-6 Tilapia fillets
8 oz stewed tomatoes, drained & chopped
1/4 c. chopped onion
4 c. dry white wine
3 Tbls butter
1 Tbls cornstarch
1/2 lb mushrooms, chopped
1 small shallot, minced
1½ c whipping cream, whipped

Combine tomatoes and onions. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Poach tilapia in wine about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to serving dish to keep warm. Reduce wine to one cup. Combine 1 T. butter and cornstarch, whisk into wine reduction until smooth and mixture thickens. Sauté mushrooms and shallots in remaining 2 T Butter about 3 min. Stir in tomato mixture, spoon over fish. Fold in whipped cream into wine mixture and season to taste. Spread over fish. Broil until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

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