Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cajun Tilapia

This is the perfect weeknight meal, and since neither Joe nor I were off for Labor Day yesterday, it was a weeknight for us! The other advantage of this is that it scales perfectly for two people. Most of the time I welcome leftovers, but other times, I don't want to have to worry about whether something will keep. Plus, this recipe is so easy that even Joe could make it.

I served this with a side of steamed broccoli seasoned with a little garlic salt. A light enough meal that we didn't feel guilty eating peach pie later!

Cajun Tilapia (source: Joelen)

4 to 6 tilapia fillets, fresh or frozen (We used 2 fillets.)
cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
Dash black pepper

Heat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a large shallow baking dish.
Combine the seasonings in a gallon sized freezer bag. (I omitted this step.)
Place one tilapia in the freezer bag and shake until fully coated. (I rubbed the seasoning on the fillets rather than shaking them in the bag.)
If using frozen tilapia fillets, dip the tilapia in water to moisten before placing in the seasoning bag.
Arrange the seasoned fish fillets on the prepared baking pan.
Brush the fillets with melted butter or spray with cooking spray.
Bake the fish fillets for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven, or until fish is cooked through.
Fish will flake easily with a fork when done.
Carefully remove the fillets to plates with a spatula.