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Monday, February 21, 2011

Baked Tilapia Scampi

The other day I was craving shrimp scampi.  As most of you who have been following my blog for a while know, I do not cook a lot of shrimp.  Usually it's the fact that if I can't get it really fresh, I don't want it...and to get it really fresh usually cost more than I'm willing to spend at times.  So, you know what this tilapia girl did, don't you?  That's right.. I took all the ingredients for shrimp scampi and threw it on top of my beloved tilapia.  It was delicious!  I think it lacked just a tad bit in the true "scampi" flavor, but it was still good.  Really good!  And if you aren't into tilapia, you can use shrimp or even chicken for that matter!  I tried to keep the use of butter to a minimum in this recipe too.  Usually scampi uses something close to a full stick of I thought cutting back to make it a bit healthier would be a much better way to go.  Could be why it lacked in the true scampi flavor, but whatever, I'll give a little on the taste to not have it end up directly on my butt!!!

Baked Tilapia Scampi
Printable Recipe 
juice of half a lemon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano (I might add a tad bit more if I made this again???)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Country Bob's Honey Habanero Sauce (optional)
4 tilapia fillets (or any white fish)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Rinse the fish and pat dry; place in prepared baking dish.  Squeeze lemon juice over the fillets.

In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic cloves, olive oil, and oregano.  In another small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and the salt and pepper.  Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture over the bread crumb mixture and stir to combine (the bread crumbs will be moist).  Add the honey habanero sauce to the butter mixture if using.  Pour the remaining butter over the fish and then top with the bread crumb mixture.  Place in over and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the bread crumbs start to brown.  Carefully remove from oven and enjoy!

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Cranberry Morning said...

That sounds and looks wonderful. Probably a good decision re. the butter, but so hard to do.

Michael Toa said...

Looks wonderful Jenn, as usual. Crunchy, flaky and moist. Thanks for the tip with the dried organo. Have a great one. :)

Yenta Mary said...

What an inspired substitution! And it looks so, SO good!!!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Add scampi flavor to fish & I just might become a fish lover after all :) This sounds really good, but then again when doesn't buttery garlic sound good, right? Love the crispy topping!

Pam said...

I love scampi but have never tried it with anything but shrimp - this looks wonderful.

Roxan said...

Oh, what a good idea to substitute the shrimp with tilapia! I'm not the hugest tilapia fan, but I do love fish so I'll try this with another one. :)

Oh! and I saw your comment on my ice cream. I'm not vegan either :) I just like to play with vegan and vegetarian recipes... trying to eat healthier. Plus my husband is watching his cholesterol...

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Who else but you would think to substitute tilapia! You're awesome!

Thank you for your kind words about our dog, Guinness. Hearing everyone's words of encouragement and sympathy has been really helpful.

Hope you're having a Happy Presidents Day!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

Design Wine and Dine said...

Playing catch up today...been out of commission! I love your twist on shrimp scampi here - very creative and very tasty! Nice to have have all that butter too!

Angie's Recipes said...

Jenn, you know that I am a fan of your fish creations. This looks scrumptious with the crisp crumbs atop.

Jennifurla said...

LOL, I LOVE anything that doesnt attach itself directly to my butt. This looks nice

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

what a good idea! I always have tilapia in the freezer, and like you, I almost never buy shrimp. This sounds awesome!

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