Step one: Buy frozen tilapia loins from Costco. Seriously, they don't even taste like fish. I tried Target Brand frozen tilapia fillets once and they were naaasty. Just trust Kirkland on this one.
Step two: Defrost your tilapia in the microwave. "What?" you say. If you are seriously going to remember to put the fish in the fridge the day before you want fish, be my guest. But for me, who didn't know we were having fish until about 5:00 pm, the microwave worked fine. My defrost goes by pounds, so for two loins, I set it to 5 lbs, put them in while they were still in their cute plastic pouches, and turned them when it told me to. When I defrost via microwave, I usually try to underestimate the weight a bit so the meat doesn't get cooked.
Step three: Preheat the oven to 400* and scrub 5 or 6 small red potatoes. Cut them in half. Toss them in a bowl with:
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
5 cracks of pepper
1 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese (It's okay, I used the stuff in the green can.)
Place them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cook for 10 minutes, stir/flip, and cook for another 10.
Step four: Make your garlic butter by melting 2 Tbsp. of butter and adding
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
a few cracks of pepper
a sprinkle of paperika
two sprinkles of dried dill weed
Step five: reduce oven heat to 350* and take your potatoes out of the oven for a sec. (this will make dish duty a little simpler). Push potatoes over to one side of the pan and brush the butter mixture on the other side. Lay the tilapia down on the butter and slather the tops of the fish with the butter mixture. Stick the pan back in the oven for 12 minutes.
Step six: Microwave some green beans and you have yourself a square meal.
|Mark got to eat on the "celebrate" plate, not because he's special but because it's the 2000's and everybody gets a trophy...And it was on the top of the pile of plates when I was setting the table.|