Baked Fish

I have found several great recipes online lately, and although I never seem to be able to make something exactly as the recipe states, I want to keep the base recipe around for later inspiration. We had Baked Fish a couple nights ago, and it was delicious–here’s what I did:

2 large Tilapia fillets (1-1.5 lbs.)
4 T melted butter
2 t lemon juice
1 T garlic powder
1 t white sugar
1/2 t ground black pepper
1/2 t thyme
1 T chopped parsley
dried breadcrumbs
grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish (I used olive oil from my Misto–it’s perfect for that kind of thing).

Clean and rinse fish fillets and place flat in the pan in a single layer.

Combine butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, sugar, pepper, thyme, and parsley in a bowl (if you melted your butter in a 2-cup measure, just put everything else right in on top) and stir. Pour over fish, spreading it evenly to cover it all.

Sprinkle with a layer of parmesan cheese, then top with a thin layer of breadcrumbs.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425, then turn the oven to broil and move fish to the top rack for an additional 5 minutes. Test for doneness–it should be opaque and flaky. Finishing it under the broiler helps crisp up the topping.

We really liked the combinations of the spices on the fish, and I served it with macaroni and cheese and watermelon, with peach pie for dessert. My husband said it was wonderful!

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