Here is a baked tilapia recipe that I think is quite different from other baked fish recipes I've seen. I happen to be a huge fan of baked fish. I just think baking fish has so many benefits...1) it's easy, no pots and pans 2) the fish keeps it's shape 3) whatever marinade or topping you place on the fish will stay!. For this particular recipe I really wanted to use my leftover container of sour cream and with this curry kick I've been on lately, I decided to put in ground cumin and ground ginger. The result, well let's just say I had my hubby asking for seconds. I had to give myself a pat on the back for this one, I thought it was quite clever. The sesame broccoli matches well with the fish and makes this a well-balanced meal. Serve it along side either rice, quinoa, couscous or even a nice warm baguette.

Serves 4

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Baking time: 20-23 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (can use half-fat, but not no fat)
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp each: ground ginger, ground cumin, yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp butter

Broccoli side ingredients:
  • 2 large heads of broccoli, florets only
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • good pinch of vegetable blend seasoning mix

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take the tilapia fillets and place them onto one of the prepared baking pans. In a bowl, mix together the sour cream, salt, pepper, seasoning blend, lemon zest, lemon juice, ground ginger, ground cumin, and yellow mustard. Spoon the sour cream mixture onto each tilapia fillet evenly. Dab each tilapia fillet with a portion of the butter. I like to add a dash more pepper on top of each fish before baking.

2. Place the broccoli florets and the red bell pepper pieces onto the other prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the sesame oil and the veggie or olive oil on top. Sprinkle a good pinch of salt, pepper and vegetable seasoning. Using your clean hands, toss the ingredients together to coat it all evenly.

3. Place both baking sheets into the oven and bake for a good 20-23 minutes. The fish should be cooked through and the broccoli should be tender-crisp in texture. Serve immediately with rice, bread, couscous or quinoa.


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