I am not a big fan of fish. Growing up I only liked fish if I had been fishing with my daddy and caught something and my mama cooked it up. My father loved fish. He preferred fresh water fish like Northern, Pike, or Walleye. Mom always breaded them and pan fried them. I still do not like the smell of fish. If we went to a fish-n-chips shop like Long John Silver’s I would fill up on hush puppies and french fries.
Over the last few years (5 maybe?) I’ve been trying to eat more fish and to develop a taste for fish. I’ve discovered that, although I cannot stand canned salmon, I do actually like fresh salmon grilled. I also have discovered that I don’t mind tilapia. About 3 1/2 years or so ago we had this tilapia at church. Everyone in my family loved it. We’ve started calling it Irene’s Fish. At church it is served this fabulous rice that I call Irene’s Rice. It’s very yummy but I don’t have a picture of it and I haven’t been successful in making it. I try to serve some type of rice blend or rice pilaf when I make this easy recipe! I call this a recipe but it isn't exact. It's more of a method.
Irene’s Fish, a simple but delicious recipe!
What you need:
- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. Tilapia fillets (or other solid white fish, but I always use tilapia) ~ if frozen at least partially thaw first
- dried chives (or better yet fresh if you have them)
- some white wine (optional) (you’ll only need a couple tablespoons)
- diced tomatoes (fresh would be great, I usually use canned. I use about 1/2 of a 14 oz. can)
- seasoned salt or herbs of your choice (to taste) (Johnny’s seasoned Salt is excellent however, I’ve been cutting back on salt and using more herb blends. Kroger brand original is, in my opinion, better than Mrs. Dash!)
Putting it together:
I line a baking sheet with foil (helps with clean up, I think parchment paper would work as well) and lay out the fish fillets. Drizzle the wine over the fish (you could also drizzle the fish with olive oil) then top each fillet with tomatoes and chives and sprinkle salt or herbs to taste if you want.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until fish is done (should flake easily with a fork).
It’s very simple. It’s very easy. It’s actually quite tasty and that says a lot from someone who really doesn’t like fish.
Be careful though not to over cook the fish as that will dry it out. I slightly overcooked ours and so my pictures show the fish a little more cooked than it needs to be. It was still good but a little on the dry side.
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