Fish Fridays: Quick & Easy Lemon-Dill Tilapia

by Deena on April 15, 2011

I love this tilapia recipe since it’s quick, easy and there is almost no clean-up.  (YEAH).  Not to mention it tastes good.  If you aren’t much of a fish person because you don’t like that “fishy” flavor, tilapia is a great fish to try because it has a very mild, buttery flavor.  Some other interesting tilapia facts:

  • Tilapia have very low levels of mercury because they are fast-growing and short-lived and eat a primarily herbivore diet, making them less likely to accumulate mercury from prey.
  • Tilapia is low in calories, carbs and sodium, and it’s a great protein source.
  • Tilapia does not have as many beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids as salmon because of its mostly grain diet and is higher in Omega-6 fatty acids, which are actually unhealthy in excessive amounts.  As long as your diet is combined with foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, a more balanced mix of fats can be achieved.

Lemon-Dill Tilapia

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 whole lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375′ F
  2. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper
  3. Cut aluminum foil into 4 rectangles (13×9)
  4. Place 3 lemon slices across each of the rectangles.  Top with 1 fillet
  5. Repeat with remaining fillets
  6. Sprinkle carrots, dill and parsley on each fillet
  7. Top with a dot of butter
  8. Fold aluminum foil over fillets, sealing the edges
  9. Bake for 20- 25 minutes (until fish flakes with a fork)
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