Fish meals are a weekly occurence at my house and I always like to think of new ways to use plain white fish like tilapia. I wanted to make the most out of the meaty texture of this fish so I came up with this meal idea. I took roasted red pepper dip that I had sitting in the fridge, added garlic, olive oil, dried basil and of course juicy slices of tomato and let it bake until ready. Serve this baby on white basmati rice or a delicious creamy risotto and you have a meal fit for any guest. Double this recipe if serving a family of four. I highly recommend this one.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

Baking time: 20 minutes


  • 2 medium sized tilapia fillets (or use any other white fish like cod)
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper dip (pre-made from the grocery store)
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp milk or cream

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Take the fish fillets and place them onto a small casserole dish. Take the roasted red pepper dip and lather it on top of each fillet, season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle both the chopped onion and garlic around the baking dish, then layer the thinly sliced tomatoes over top of the fish.

2. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of dried basil around the whole baking dish, drizzle the olive oil all around, and slowly pour in about 4 tbsp of milk or cream into the bottom of the baking dish. Lightly season again with salt and peper. Place it into the oven and bake for a good 20 minutes or until the fish has cooked through and the tomato slices looked nicely roasted in colour. Serve immediately on top of basmati rice.

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