Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tilapia with Basil & Tomato

This recipe is easy, yummy and healthy. If I can handle preparing this, anyone can :)


4 (4 ounce) fillets tilapia
salt & pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 tablespoons butter *(or substitute olive oil)
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup white wine

1. Pre-heat oven to 425
2. Place the tilapia fillets side by side on a large piece of aluminum foil. Season each one with salt and pepper. Place one tablespoon of butter on top of each piece of fish (I usually drizzle olive oil to lightly coat it instead of the butter for a healthier option), and sprinkle garlic, basil and tomato. Pour wine over everything. Fold the foil up around the fish, and seal into a packet. Place the packet on a cookie sheet for ease in transportation to and from the oven.
3. Place foil packet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Open the packet carefully so as not to get burned from the steam.

Other variations I've tried that have been good: adding a splash of lemon juice to the fish packet before baking and then afterward sprinkling the fish with feta cheese before serving. You can also grill the fish in the foil packet on a grill pre-heated for medium-high heat, but in my experience, it comes out better when baked.

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