Baked Lemon and Garlic Tilapia

7 Jan

Hey Everyone!  I’m back!  I was shocked when I went back home for Christmas and was asked by nearly everyone I visited what happened to the Red Headed Chef.  I love knowing that there are actually people that read my blog! 🙂   I’m thinking though that one of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to write a few new posts every month.  A 2 month hiatus is just too long!

So today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy recipe for baked tilapia filets.  I figured this is a great recipe to start the new year with because it fits in with a lot of people’s New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight.  These filets are great because they taste good (not too fishy!) and are good for your heart and your waistline!  I can’t stress how simple this is – I could submit it to Rachael Ray for 30 Minute Meals or Claire Robinson for 5 Ingredient Fix… Hopefully that gives you an idea!  And for all you non-fish people out there, you should definitely give it a try.  This recipe did not stink up my house, and and really does not taste overly fishy.  I don’t think I would like it if it did.  It just has a nice, light flavor and will leave you just satisfied, not overly stuffed – which is much needed after the holiday eating spree we went on!!

Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (serves 2)


  • 2 4-oz tilapia filets
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (since I was only making 2 filets I was able to use our toaster oven!).
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray
  • Place filets in the baking dish.
  • Brush filets with lemon juice and then drizzle butter on top.
  • Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake about 15 minutes or until fish is white and flaky.
  • Serve with freshly steamed vegetables, brown rice, and a lemon slice.

Stay tuned because I’ve got some other exciting new recipes coming up like low-fat but still delicious muffins and turkey meatballs!!

3 Responses to “Baked Lemon and Garlic Tilapia”

  1. Auntie Gen January 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    okay, my little red headed chef. I am going to try this one.. Tho I must say I pretty partial to the fast frozen fillets with the seasoning already in them that I just bake. You know, when they go 10 for 10 at Schunucks I buy like 8. 🙂 But, I think next trip I will get 4 small fresh fillets.. and give it a try. I’m sure they are ultra tasty all fresh like….Glad you are back posting.. I love getting email saying there is a new post. It almost feels like a pen pal. 🙂 xoxoxo love you. Auntie Gen

    • redheadedchef January 8, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      We actually buy the frozen kind too – the Wal Mart kind. I know a lot of people hate Wal Mart, but you can’t beat their prices when you’re on a budget! We like them because they come individually wrapped so we can just defrost 2 and we’re ready for dinner. I’ve never seen the pre-seasoned ones before, but I will have to look because those could be a great dinner option for us as well. I like being your pen pal!! 😉

  2. Ruth January 8, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    And now you can write this recipe down on one of your fancy new cards!

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