Marinated Grilled Tilapia

by Suzanne on August 27, 2010

in Savory

Before I give you this great recipe I must tell how my first experience went with Tilapia. First of all I have eaten Tilapia many times in restaurants and have always liked it’s mild non fishy taste. So, I decided to buy this huge bag of filets at the grocery store and make my own. One day I thawed some filets out and seasoned them with some lemon pepper and lemon juice then baked them. I was anticipating that same mild and delicious flavor… wrong, they tasted like dirt! They were so disgusting I didn’t even give them to my dog. Then I was mad because what was I going to do with that huge bag of filets, I don’t like wasting money or food. Well, I got brave again and this time decided I would marinate these filets all day so hopefully the dirt taste would be gone and we could eat them. It worked and so I want to share this recipe so those of you who have had the same experience as me can try again and have them taste great.

Marinade:
2 garlic cloves
1 T. grated lemon rind
1/ 4 fresh flat leaf parsley
1/8 cup canola oil
salt & pepper to taste

I used a mortar and pestal to mash all the above ingredients together, but you can use a food processor or just finely chop the ingredients. Get a large gallon size ziploc bag and put the fish in (I used 8 filets) and the marinade, seal and put into the refrigerator all day long. Grill on med-low until fish flakes or is no longer opaque. It helps to only turn the fish once so they don’t fall apart and it will be more tender also.
I also like to grill squash so in the picture you will see those too. I just salt an pepper them drizzle with oil and grill, sometimes I put them in a ziploc bag and marinate with dried basil, season salt and garlic. Either way the squash is so good grilled, try it you’ll love it.

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1 Sunshine August 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Oh my gosh! I had the same experience with Tilapia. It was so digusting! I did feed it to my dogs though. 🙂 The whole bag! I guess I should try again.

2 Suzanne August 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Glad I'm not the only one who had that experience. I promise you will like this recipe my kids loved it and that says it all.

3 Jane @ Sweet Basil K August 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I agree, tilapia can be rather bland…like this idea.

4 Suzanne August 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

hope you get a chance to try it out~

5 April @ The 21st Cen August 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I've never cooked tilapia at home, although I have eaten it in restaurants many times. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

6 Suzanne August 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm

now you know at least what to expect if you just try to do the sprinkling of herbs and spices

7 kelli August 28, 2010 at 4:54 am

This recipe looks good Suzanne, I'll have to try it. I use tilapia in a fish taco recipe, that I'll email to you. It's really yummy!

8 Suzanne August 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

great Kelli, I like a another recipe for some Tilapia.

9 GiGi Eats Celebrities February 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I never cook tilapia…. but maybe I should start! LOL

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