Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easy Fish Recipes for Dinner

I won't deny that I love fried fish. When I married my husband he introduced me to fish dipped in white cornmeal and fried in vegetable oil instead of coating it in a batter. That was a first for me, and we still fry fish this way once a year or so. Over the years I changed to yellow cornmeal seasoned with ground black pepper, seasoning salt and a little bit of Cajun seasoning. It's still a treat to fry up a few pounds of perch, catfish or tilapia using this method. Most of the time though we go for baked, grilled or sauteed fish in an attempt to eat healthier. Today I'm sharing a few recipes I've tried over the years that have been favorite alternatives to frying.

Baked Tilapia

4-6 tilapia fillets
Italian dressing, any brand
1 tsp. garlic powder
ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Place the fish in a baking pan in a single layer. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the fish. Marinate for 30 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes until the fish is flaky.

Notes: This is really good served with rice and a salad.

Garlic Butter Catfish

1 lb. catfish fillets
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

Rinse the catfish in cold water and pat dry. Place a small amount of flour in a pie plate or dish. Very lightly coat the fish with flour. In a heavy skillet, heat butter and oil on medium heat. Add the garlic. Saute 1 minute. Add the fish fillets. Cook over medium high heat about 10 minutes or until fish is cooked through, turning once. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Baked Perch With Herbs

2 lbs. fresh (or frozen) perch
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Thaw fish if frozen. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with baking spray or coat lightly with butter. Place fresh fish in the pan. Mix together the butter, lemon juice and seasonings. Drizzle over the fish. Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Grilled Fish Fillets

1 1/2 lb. fish fillets, any firm variety
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. fresh dill
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Cut fillets into serving size portions if they are large. Cover grill grate with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with nonstick pan spray, or brush lightly with oil or butter. Place the fillets on the foil over medium heat. Combine the rest of the ingredients and baste fish with a brush. Cook about 4 inches from heat for 8-10 minutes. Turn with a spatula and baste again, cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes or until fish flakes with fork.

Notes: I've used tilapia, salmon, catfish, lake trout, perch, blue gill or bass.

On OFL we also have an article with more seafood recipes: