We ended up eating a bit more fast food this past weekend than originally intended and, as a result, I wanted to make a home-cooked dinner Sunday night (especially since my wife had been at work all day). We had some tilapia fillets in our freezer and, while it sounded good, I thought I would improvise a bit, use some of the things we had in our refrigerator and do something a little different with the fish. I ended up with this recipe, which took about 40 minutes total (including thawing the fish out) and made enough for four servings.
4 tilapia fillets (It’s OK to use a frozen variety but, it is best to make sure the fish is thawed first)
½ stick of butter (or margarine)
Directions: Place the four tilapia fillets side-by-side in a baking dish. Slice the ½ stick of butter into squares and place 1-2 squares on each of the fillets.
Season the fillets and butter, to taste, with the salt and pepper.
Slice the orange into circle-shaped slices or crescents and place them on the fillets (you can leave the skin on the orange slices). I also recommend trying to squeeze some of the juice out onto the fish as you are doing this.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the fish for about 20-25 minutes or until completely cooked. It’s best to flip the fillets over about halfway through the cook time so they get cooked evenly on both sides. As you serve the fillets, use a spoon to scoop out some of the melted butter. This can either be added directly to the fish or served in a small dipping container. The orange slices can either be removed or served too.
I served this fish with some rice and a fresh garden salad. However, what you use for side dishes is optional.