Lemon Pepper Tilapia

SAVORY SATURDAY Lemon pepper tilapia  Baked tilapia fillets basted with garlic, butter & olive oil, topped with parsley, paprika and red pepper flakes, then garnished with lemon juice & lemon zest.

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, peel grated, quartered

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.Lightly butter the bottom of a shallow baking dish and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together parsley, paprika and red pepper and set aside. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.. Add garlic and oil, then immediately remove from heat. Place fillets in the buttered baking dish and lightly season with salt and pepper. Baste fillets with half of the butter, garlic and olive oil mixture, then sprinkle with half of the parsley, paprika and pepper mixture. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and baste fillets again (do not turn fillets over) with the remaining butter, garlic and olive oil mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture and return to oven. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the fish easily flake with a fork. Transfer fillets to a serving platter and squeeze lemon juice over the tops, then garnish with grated lemon peel.
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