parmesan encrusted tilapia with lemony green beans

October 13, 2008

Another tilapia recipe from Shape magazine.

Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia with Lemony Green Beans
2 servings – Per serving: 376 cal, 17g fat, 9g carbs, 47g protein
4 skinless tilapia fillets (1 pound total)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried basil
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ pound green beans, ends trimmed
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the broiler. Cut the tilapia fillets lengthwise into two pieces, then pat dry with a paper towel and season to taste with pepper. In a small bowl, combine basil and Parmesan cheese; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring water for beans to a boil. 

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy ovenproof skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Sauté the fish for 3 minutes or until brown. Flip the fillets over and remove the skillet from heat. Dust the tilapia with the cheese mixture. Place the skillet under the broiler to finish cooking the fish and slightly brown the cheese, about 3 to 4 minutes. 

As the fish cooks, add beans to boiling water. Lower heat and cook for 5 minutes or until bright green (beans should still be crisp). Drain beans and run under cold water. Shake off excess water and set aside. 

Mix lemon juice, lemon zest, pepper, and olive oil in a medium bowl. Add green beans and toss to coat; warm for 30 seconds in the microwave. Divide fish fillets and green beans on two plates and serve.


grilled tilapia with couscous and avocado

October 8, 2008

Another yummy recipe from Women’s Health magazine…

Grilled Tilapia with Couscous and Avocado
4 servings – Per serving: 446 calories, 20 g fat (3.4 g saturated), 388 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 38 g protein

2 tsp mild chili powder
1 Tbsp + 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
4 tilapia fillets (6 oz each)
3/4 c Israeli couscous 
3 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 c chopped scallions
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 c diced avocado
2 sliced grilled lemons (optional)

1. Preheat grill or grill pan and prepare couscous according to package instructions. 

2. Combine chili powder and 1 tablespoon olive oil; brush over tilapia. Grill fish for about 2 minutes on each side.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, sugar, soy sauce, scallions, parsley, and avocado. Fold into couscous and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Place each fillet on a bed of couscous; garnish plate with grilled lemon (optional).