How do you cook tilapia at home? Does tilapia taste good?
These are probably the most commonly asked questions from my readers. Tilapia is one of the most common fish found in the supermarkets.
Tilapia is a real fish and not a processed fish product. It is a freshwater fish found in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. They are mostly commercially farmed these days.
There are many easy and delicious tilapia recipes you can make at home, for example: oven-baked tilapia. In this recipe, I will teach you how to bake tilapia in an oven with lemon and Parmesan cheese. I will also teach you the tips to make tilapia taste good, without the muddy and fishy taste.
Is Tilapia Healthy
We all know that the oceans are over-fished, making farm raised fish such as tilapia a healthy alternative to its deep-sea counterparts.
Tilapia is packed with protein, non-fatty and low in calories. When cooked properly, tilapia fish is flaky, mild tasting and light.
How to Pick Good Tilapia
If you have a fresh seafood market, you should definitely buy live tilapia. The fish monger will clean the fish and cut it into fillets for you. Fresh tilapia has a sweet and fresh taste, without any fishy or foul smell.
If you don’t have live fish options, you can pick a good tilapia by looking at the appearance of the fillet. It should be firm, with a somewhat translucent flesh and not sticky or slimy to the touch. The fillets should also be free of white or color spots.
If you buy frozen tilapia, I recommend the ones imported from Indonesia or Mexico. Stay away from those farmed in China.
Tips on How to Cook Tilapia
Tilapia is light and mild tasting, so you want to use ingredients that enhance the flavor and camouflage the potential “muddy” taste. Oven baking is the preferred method to cook tilapia.
- Use lemon juice as it gets rid of any potential “fishy” or “muddy” smell in tilapia.
- Garlic is another ingredient that would remove any potential smell in the fish.
- Use olive oil to keep the fish moist and tender.
- Generous use of salt and ground black pepper to add flavors to tilapia.
- Cayenne pepper makes the fish mildly spicy and hence add flavors to the fish.
What to Serve with Tilapia
What should I serve with tilapia, you ask? Tilapia is a great protein source. For a wholesome dinner, you will need rice or pasta. A simple vegetable dish would be great with tilapia. Here are my suggestions:
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How Many Calories are in Lemon Parmesan Tilapia
This Lemon Parmesan tilapia recipe is so easy to make. The active time is 10 minutes and it takes 10 minutes to bake in the oven, making it a 20-minute meal from prep to dinner table. It is also low-carb, with only 285 calories in one serving, and only 13 g of fat.