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Skinnybride
03-01-2009, 04:05 PM
I'm not a big seafood eater but the grocery store had tilapia on sale today so i thought i'd try it but not sure how to cook it, I'm leary of seafood because i dont want anything with a overly fishy taste. Thanks for the recipes


Ruthxxx
03-01-2009, 04:17 PM
Bride, there are lots of fish recipes in the recipe section. Any white fish recipe can be used for tilapia - even some of the salmon ones.

I'll move this post into the usual forum and chicks will let you know their favourites. The recipe Forum doesn't get as much traffic.

Ruthxxx
03-01-2009, 04:25 PM
Here's one (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162480) that just popped up in another Forum. How cool is that? :lol:


grneyedmustang
03-01-2009, 05:03 PM
Here are 3 of my favorites:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Salmon-II/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blackened-Salmon-Fillets/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Broiled-Grouper-Parmesan/Detail.aspx

Even though they're for salmon/grouper, I've tried them with Tilapia and they're just as good.

kisskiss
03-01-2009, 05:07 PM
how weird..i have some tilapia thawing in the sink, and I am definitely gonna try one of these recipes out..thanks for posting

Skinnybride
03-01-2009, 05:27 PM
Bride, there are lots of fish recipes in the recipe section. Any white fish recipe can be used for tilapia - even some of the salmon ones.

I'll move this post into the usual forum and chicks will let you know their favourites. The recipe Forum doesn't get as much traffic.

Thanks I wasnt sure where to post

swandive81
03-01-2009, 09:48 PM
my favorite recipe... i mostly know it by heart, so forgive the loose measurements...

Salt and pepper four tilapia filets. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat; cook fish 2-3 minutes on each side. Dredge fish in a mixture of 1/2 cup grated parmesean chease and 1 tablespoon dried basil. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over breaded fish. Broil until the parmesean browns, about 8-10 minutes.

It's a staple of mine... easy and delicious :)

beachgal
03-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Does anyone know the usual mercury content of tilapia? I avoid pretty much all fish because of the mercury issues. :( A friend of mine is going through six months of chelation therapy for mercury poisoning because she loves fish and eats it often. I just ate two cans of tuna a week for a couple months and testing showed a pretty high level of mercury. :shrug:

However, I have no idea if tilapia is a smaller fish and, therefore, less of a mercury risk.

AnAbsoluteDiva
03-02-2009, 09:23 AM
Does anyone know the usual mercury content of tilapia? I avoid pretty much all fish because of the mercury issues. :( A friend of mine is going through six months of chelation therapy for mercury poisoning because she loves fish and eats it often. I just ate two cans of tuna a week for a couple months and testing showed a pretty high level of mercury. :shrug:

However, I have no idea if tilapia is a smaller fish and, therefore, less of a mercury risk.

Beachgal,

Tilapia is .010 ppm (mean) and to give you an idea of how low that is, shark is at .098 ppm (mean). Only trout and tuna are lower.

Shark, mackerel, and bass are much higher.

If you google mercury levels of tilapia, you'll find a lot more information. It isn't as scary as it sounds. If you limit yourself to one to two servings of fish a week, and keep most of your choices on the low-spectrum side, you'll be fine.

I have to wonder how it is that people on high-fish diets remain so healthy, and we in the States fall apart over everything. I swear it has to be in the processing of food or in the combination of foods and lifestyle.

Barb0522
03-02-2009, 12:21 PM
One of my favorite recipes is the Baja Fish Tacos http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=145957 They are easy and really good with Tilapia.

Marathon Mom
03-02-2009, 12:53 PM
Here's my favorite Tilapia Recipe:

Tilapia Parmesan:

(I ususally 1/2 the recipe)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened (I used I Can't Believe it's not Butter)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets




DIRECTIONS
Preheat your oven - 375

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, I can't believe it' s not 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. Spread mixture over the top. Bake until bubbly and browned a bit on top.
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zeffryn
03-02-2009, 01:06 PM
I was craving fish tacos the other night and took a spin on the baja fish tacos that Barb posted.

I made a dry rub of cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder, chili pepper and cumin - rubbed it on the tilapia and baked until flaky.

Broke the tilapia up into chunks and assembled the tacos:

ww tortillas (or lettuce wraps for P1)
red cabbage
cilantro
pico de gallo (I made my own with a mixture of chopped red onions, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro)
avocado
small sprinkle of cheddar cheese

they were awesome. I'm making them again this week.

Missy09
03-02-2009, 01:53 PM
Glad I found this thread! I definitely need to get more fish into my diet.

swandive81
03-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I love the fish taco idea, definitely trying that this week!

TheBeesKnees
03-02-2009, 02:52 PM
My recipe is extremely basic. I purchased the pack of individually frozen tilapia boneless, skinless loins from Costco.

I place 1 tilapia loin coated in 1 tsp of olive oil in a glass baking dish and my veggies foil pouched (frozen asparagus, frozen french green beans and chopped portobello mushrooms mixed in 1tspn of olive oil with garlic powder, molly mcbutter and 1/4 tsp kosher salt) in the oven at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour. The texture of the fish is more like the inside a deep fried battered fish (delish!) only with out the yummy beer batter. I use Louisiana Gem Hot sauce on it too...or you could use salsa.

It's basic, tasty and quick.

**I haven't started SBD yet, this is a recipe I've been using while on medifast. I'm currently finishing up the last of my medifast supply and purchased the SBD Supercharged book. Hoping to start in 2 weeks!!!**

kittycat40
03-02-2009, 02:56 PM
I'll take some frozen fillets, place them into a baking dish and put several heaping tablespoons of mango salsa on top. Leave it until mostly defrosted and then bake at 350 until done. Easy and tasty. :)

Skinnybride
03-02-2009, 03:47 PM
Well i made an almond crusted tialpia last night it was a little fishy tasting which is why i've avoided fish in the past is there another kind of fish that doesnt have that taste i thought tialpia was one of them i can eat tuna but thats about all i can handle

AnAbsoluteDiva
03-02-2009, 04:49 PM
Hmmmmm, fish that doesn't taste like fish....

Beef.

LOL

Only kidding. I don't know of any fish that doesn't taste like fish. I thought tuna was one of the strongest ones out there, but I happen to think sashimi is the best thing on the planet.

zeffryn
03-02-2009, 07:12 PM
Like Jim Gaffigan once said, if you like fish that isn't fishy tasting...you don't like fish ;)

Tilapia is hit or miss for me, especially the frozen kind. When I get it fresh from the fish monger, it is almost never fishy tasting. If you get fresh fish, smell it before purchasing - if it smells like fish, don't get it. It should smell like the sea

wiginn
03-02-2009, 07:41 PM
My favorite way to make tilapia is on the grill. I use a fish pan because they are flaky and fall apart easily. Spray the fillets with olive oil and then season with either lemon pepper or a cajun seasoning and grill both sides. Very tasty!

redflatshoe2
03-02-2009, 09:02 PM
My family used to own a fish farm and we would have fresh tilapia all the time. All we did was drizzle it with some citrus, stuff it with chopped tomatoes and onions, then cook it near the fire. It was dellicious. Really fresh tilapia has delicate savory, almost buttery, flavor.

The second best option is this recipe. Spread chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro in a baking pan. Place the tilapia on top of the veggies, sprinkle salt and pepper. Add a splash of olive oil on top (frozen tilapia fillets are not as fatty as fresh). Broil for 20 minutes.

TwynnB
03-02-2009, 09:21 PM
I really don't care for fish (and haven't had it since the summer/fall because I can't grill it), but I do like tuna and swordfish. To me, it's the fishy oily taste as much as the texture. I experimented a lot last summer after being on SBD, and mahi mahi was okay too. Tilapia....eh. I'd eat if I had to.

Good luck!

jenne1017
03-02-2009, 11:43 PM
I make an herb butter (margarine) and put a teaspoon on with some Mrs. Dash. Yummy

mrsisaac
03-03-2009, 10:02 AM
I like to bake tilapia seasoned with Emeril's Essence (sold in the spice section) at 350 for 45 minutes! Very tasty!