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Monday, February 4, 2013

Baked Lemon Tilapia with Herb Butter

Although Chris' birthday is actually tomorrow (shhhhhhh, he's turning the big 40!!!!), over the weekend we celebrated by going out to dinner at this amazing restaurant called Roy's.  Roy's is an Hawaiian fusion restaurant that has been on my list of "I soooo want to try" places for a while now.  I have heard nothing but good things about it....And now I know why.  We had one of the best meals we'd had in a very long time.  I wish I had pictures, but our table was really dark and well... sometimes I like to go out without having to document everything I eat :)  If you ever get a chance to go there, I highly recommend the Misoyaki Butterfish.  I have never had butterfish before and now... now I would gladly eat it daily.  The fish literately tasted as if it had been poached in butter... but it wasn't.. it is just the natural flavors of the fish coming out.  I don't even know how to describe it other than it was the best fish I had ever had.  EVER!  Everything about the experience was wonderful.  From the wine that was sent to our table (secretly ordered by a friend from across the country as his way of wishing Chris a happy birthday) to the attentiveness of our waiter (and the rest of the staff at that) to the amazing food...... it was quite the perfect evening!

Although this tilapia recipe has nothing to do with our dinner from Saturday, I thought it was still a good recipe to follow a story about fish :)  Simple... light... and delicious.  Might not be Roy's but it will do in a pinch!!!

Baked Lemon Tilapia with Herb Butter
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
- Serves 2 -
Printable Recipe 
1 Lemon, sliced in half
2 Tilapia fillets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives

Thinly slice one half of the lemon into 4 slices.  Zest and juice the remaining half of lemon.  In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper and paprika; set aside. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the butter and remaining lemon juice.  Stir in the chopped herbs and lemon zest.  Season with a pinch of salt.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and place the lemon slices on the bottom.  Rinse fillets and pat dry with a paper towel.  Place on top of the lemon slices.  Drizzle half of the lemon juice and sprinkle the seasoning mix evenly over each piece of fish.  Place in oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  Top with a dollop of butter and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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StephenC said...

You may not believe this, but I was thinking this morning that you had not done tilapia in a while. This before reading the blog. What a mind! Oh, and the fish was good too.

Cranberry Morning said...

Yeah, I was thinking that too. And you can't believe how long it's been since I've eaten fish of any kind. Must put it on my shopping list. I love it, but seem to end up eating chicken or beef. Boring, huh! This looks delicious, Jenn.

Mary said...

I'm sending birthday wishes to Chris. His celebration restaurant sounds fabulous and I'll have to search out the fish. I hope you week is off to a good start. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Big Dude said...

Best ever is quite an endorsement coming from the tilapia and sauce queen. I don't know how good it was but yours sounds delicious - fish with lemon butter is a favorite here.

Pam said...

I love having a wonderful restaurant experience like that... I've never had that fish before but I will be on the lookout now!

The tilapia looks delicious, especially topped with the herb butter!

Yenta Mary said...

The tilapia looks fabulous! And it is SO hard to photograph fish well!!! Sounds like the birthday celebration was phenomenal. Happy, happy birthday to Chris!!! At 40, he's still just a kid ... :)

Angie's Recipes said...

The tilapia looks delicious.
Happy Birthday to Chris!

Mary Younkin said...

Happy Birthday, Chris! I hope your week of celebration is a fabulous one. This fish sounds great, Jenn. and that butterfish? Wow. What an endorsement. I can't recall ever ordering fish while eating out, but for that, I might change my ways.

I've never been to Roy's either. I just checked them out and the menu looks amazing! We are very partial to Durant's for a nice meal out, but I might be tempted to try Roy's in the future.

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Chris! Sounds like a rockin' place just as long as I don't have to eat poi, lol.