Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

¾ cup Parmesan cheese
¾ cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
2 T melted butter or margarine
4 tilapia fillets
1 lemon, cut into wedges

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the cheese with the bread crumbs. Coat the fish with butter and dredge in the cheese/bread crumb mixture.
  3. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the fish is opaque in the thickest part, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve the fish with the lemon wedges.

I really don’t have a clue where this recipe came from.  James Beard has a recipe for chicken that is similar and when I looked up my Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia recipe it was different than what I’ve presented here.

It was a Rachel Ray recipe.  I had to change it.

Honey Soy and/or Maple Marinade

Honey Soy Marinade

3/4 cup soy sauce

2/3 cup honey OR pure maple syrup

1/3 cup pineapple juice

The story behind this marinade is odd.  Where do I begin?  I’ll begin by saying I love marinades.  You’ll love marinades too once you figure out that the factory farmed protein we pass off as real meat in this country really doesn’t have that much flavor.  Remind me to tell you the story of the first steak I ate in Argentina.  Yes, I’d move there for the beef!

For several years I’ve been making a simple baked salmon with Maple Soy Marinade.  When I looked in my recipe file, I found this marinade.  Honey, not maple syrup. 

Huh?

At this point the best I can figure out is somehow, somewhere along the Path I substituted maple syrup for honey.  It works.  So I kept this simple marinade in my head until now when I realize it’s not the marinade I started with.

Try both.  The maple syrup version works extremely well with salmon.  I know I used the honey version with chicken.  Play with it.  Have fun.  Eat well.

Warning.  Use real maple syrup.  I once used fake maple flavored syrup that consisted mostly of high fructose corn syrup and it is not the same.