Lemon Pepper Tilapia

I freeze everything. I mean EVERYTHING. It’s hard to shop on a budget, for two people and not max out your freezer space….at least I think so. So when I went to Stop & Shop and saw frozen Tilapia was buy one get one free obviously I pounced on it. Now our freezer is a sliding avalanche of frozen fruit, veggies, meals, meats, bread and more. It’s out of control. In fact, it’s actually scary opening up the door because you never know what’s going to come sliding out at you. Gotta have quick reflexes in this kitchen!

With all this Tilapia stock piled I figured it was time to cook some up. I decided to make a Lemon Pepper baked Tilapia from some of the ingredients I had laying around. Give it a try and see what you think!

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

2 tilapia fillets
2 tbl olive oil
2 tbl lemon juice
4 garlic cloves; minced
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp parsley (I used dried and fresh)
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish and place fillets in it. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper.IMG_1365

In a pan heat olive oil to medium heat and add garlic. Cook garlic until soft. Lower heat and add lemon juice. Continue to cook for about a minute.IMG_1366

Pour olive oil-lemon mixture over fillets. Sprinkle fillets with lemon pepper seasoning and parsley. Cook in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.   IMG_1367



Spicy Lime Mahi Mahi

Hello Friends! I am counting down the days to this weekend! My long awaited trip to the Cape is finally approaching. Hello sweet vacation! I cannot wait to spend some quality time with my family and boyfriend going to the beach, eating delicious seafood and relaxing with a few great beers all week long.

As a kid we always spent summers down the cape in Orleans and have continued to the tradition as adults. I remember peddling along the bike paths for hours, (whining…definitely whining) playing miniature golf, walking out on low tide at Skaket Beach, and eating the most delicious salt water taffy. As an adult my priorities haven’t changed much. I plan to do all of those things, and more!

In anticipation of this fried seafood heaven I decided to cook up a light and healthy Mahi Mahi before the gluttonous “Cape Cod Alison” takes over. This Mahi Mahi ended up being a little too spicy for me, so I halved the cayenne pepper below. Feel free to double it up though if you like a lot of heat!

Spicy Lime Mahi Mahi

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of one lime
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Mahi Mahi fillets

photo 1Whisk all ingredients together in a shallow dish. Place Mahi Mahi fillets into marinade. Turn to coat. Allow Mahi Mahi to marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour.
photo 3Heat skillet on medium heat. Add Mahi Mahi fillets and marinade. Allow fillets to cook at least 3-4 minutes on each side. Check the fish to make sure the inside is white and flaky.
photo 4Dig into this light flaky fish without guilt! We enjoyed ours with a side of steamed cauliflower and broccoli, as well as Israeli couscous simmered in chicken bullion. Enjoy!