October 21, 2018 – By Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan – Updated June 13, 2019 – 75 Feedback
This straightforward oven baked Parmesan crusted tilapia is just great with a crispy, flavorful Parmesan crust from only a handful of every day elements.
Editor’s Note: Initially Published December 18, 2010, which was the 1st 12 months of the website. The site has grown 1000X given that that time. This recipe has been re-editing with expanded explanation and pictures have been updated.
A swift and straightforward weeknight recipe with weekend appeal. This has grow to be a regular in our residence.
It’s time to eat much more fish. I require to and so do you. But less complicated explained than completed. This is a slight modification of a Rachel Ray recipe.
A five for a fish person. Totally great.
What is Tilapia?
Tilapia is usually referred to as “the chicken of fish” due to its mild taste and ease of mass production on farms. But what is it truly?
So if you don’t forget Biology 101, genus and species are utilised to title plants and animals (the taxonomic classification). For illustration, people are homo sapiens. “Homo” is the genus and sapiens is the species.
That tiny discussion is required to define tilapia due to the fact tilapia is a genus and there are hundreds of diverse species of tilapia.
With recent DNA analysis, two genera have been split out of the tilapia genus, but all are nonetheless typically referred to as tilapia. But the general level is tons of variation in tilapia but here are some generalized.
They are usually fresh water inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers, and lakes. Tilapia is native to Africa and the Middle East. However, they’ve been distributed around the world, and they’re farmed nearly everywhere.
They can tolerate a broad selection of temperatures and are very hardy. Due to these traits, they can act like an invasive species at instances.
On a last note, some net “health sites” have been attacking tilapia as unhealthy making use of “click-bate” headlines like “worse than bacon.”
While you can assault any farm-raised fish the for the method, or any farm solution for that matter, the facts still assistance tilapia as a good supply of low-fat protein.
Tilapia is reduce in omega-three than some wild fish but reduced in mercury. You can have that complete discussion about the effect of over-fishing of oceans. It goes on and on.
If you want to debate this entire issue, do not comment here. This is a cooking internet site. I’m certain I know much more nutrition and medicine than you and I will delete any comment about this situation.
Pro Tips: Recipe Notes on Oven Baked Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Fresh vs. Frozen: Fresh tilapia would function fine but here in the mid-west, frozen is the fish of decision generally. Think of transportation times. In bigger cities, fresh would be a excellent selection.
If frozen, be sure the fish is thawed totally. I consider to toss the package of frozen fish in the refrigerator the day prior to, and that constantly works fantastic.
The Cheese: You need to have a great Parmesan since so a lot of the taste is the cheese. I like to get a nice wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano from Sam’s Club and shred or grate as needed. I use lots of Parmesan, and it will last me for at least 6 months.
So, can you do this with a diverse fish?
The 10-Minute Rule for Cooking Fish
Originally published in the “Canadian Fish Cook Book” 1959 from Canadian Department of Fisheries, the 10-minute rule is not ideal, but it is really great. It functions for any cooking method – frying, baking and sauting.
- Measure the fish at its thickest stage. If the fish is stuffed or rolled, measure it right after stuffing or rolling and then time it accordingly.
- Cook fish ten minutes per inch, turning it halfway by way of the cooking time. For example, a one particular-inch fish steak ought to be cooked 5 minutes on every side for a complete of 10 minutes. Pieces of fish less than one/two-inch thick do not require to be turned over.
- Add 5 minutes to the complete cooking time if you are cooking the fish in foil, or if the fish is cooked in a sauce.
- Double the cooking time for frozen fish that has not been defrosted.
Other Fantastic Tilapia Options
Preheat oven to 400 degrees convection. Wash and pat dry tilapia.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and brush foil with oil.
Grate Parmesan if required.
Mix Parmesan, paprika, parsley, salt and pepper in a shallow pan.
Brush tilapia with oil on both sides and then dredge in the Parmesan mixture patting the coating on. Spot on the baking sheet. Take some of the remaining Parmesan mixture and pat on prime of the currently coated fish.
Bake for about ten-twelve minutes until flaky.
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