I never was that daring when it came to fish, which was a huge mistake!
Tilapia is a hidden gem!
It is low in calories and packs a punch of protein so it's perfect for the athlete's diet. I buy a bag of frozen fillets that are individually wrapped so I can pull out what I need. Because the fillets are so thin it defrosts so fast and cooks even faster.
This dinner was so easy to throw together and my husband gave rave reviews!
Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. mince fresh basil, divided (I just cut into little strips)
2 T. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. grated lemon peel
2-4 tilapia fillets
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
For vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, 2 T. basil, olive oil garlic, and lemon peel; set aside 2 T. for sauce. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. Brush both sides of fillets with remaining vinaigrette.
If grilling the fish, coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill, covered over med. heat, or broil, 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Brush with reserved vinaigrette and sprinkle with remaining basil.