Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

4 Tilapia fillets
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 Tbsp UP Butter EVOO
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp UP EVOO (preferably mild)
1 lemon, peel grated, quartered

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Lightly butter the bottom of a shallow baking dish and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together parsley, paprika, and red pepper and set aside.

In a small saucepan, lightly warm garlic, Butter EVOO, and Mild EVOO.
Place fillets in the buttered baking dish and lightly season with salt and pepper. Baste fillets with half of the EVOO mixture, then sprinkle with half of the parsley, paprika, and pepper mixture.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and baste fillets again (do not turn fillets over) with the remaining mixture.

Sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture and return to oven. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.

Transfer fillets to serving platter and squeeze lemon juice over the tops, then garnish with grated lemon peel.

Makes 4 servings