Total Time: 15 minutes
1 lb. tilapia (2-4 filets)
2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1-1 1/2 tbsp. mayo
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2-3 leaves fresh basil, chopped (or substitute 1/4-1/8 tsp. dried, but fresh is much better!)
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/8 tsp. onion powder
a few sprinkles of Old Bay (optional)
Preheat broiler to 500 degrees. Spray broiling pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except tilapia. Mixture will be thick, but don’t worry it will thin out when you spread it on the hot tilapia. Set mixture aside.
Arrange fillets on the prepared pan with the “ugly” bottom side face up. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip fish and broil for 2-3 more minutes. Remove fillets from the oven (they should no longer be pink and be almost fully cooked) and spread the parmesan cheese mixture on top with a knife or spatula. Broil for two additional minutes or until the topping is slightly browned and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Watch carefully and be careful not to overcook!
***Tilapia is cheaper than orange roughy and usually goes on sale more often. They also have tilapia in the freezer section of Target—a pound and a and a half for around $6—which is a pretty good deal. The fillets are individually vacuum sealed so it’s easy to defrost only the number of fillets you need.***