Oven roasted tilapia and vegetables

Apr 18, 2008 at 5:49 a.m. ET

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Tilapia dinner

Red Lobster's Senior Executive Chef Michael LaDuke has a Chef's Blog where he discusses cooking tips, recipes and more. He tells you how to make yummy and healthy seafood at home without blowing your grocery budget. Check out the Red Lobster blog for details.

Chef La Duke was kind enough to offer us this recipe for a tilapia dinner.

Oven roasted tilapia and vegetables with lemon herb butter

Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia (4 each 5-6 oz filets)
  • 1 tomato (sliced in 8 slices)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 lemon (sliced in 8 slices)
  • To taste Italian seasoning (use your favorite)
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter (you may substitute margarine)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (use what is in your pantry)
  • 4 sheets aluminum foil (approx 12-16 inches long)


  1. Lay four pieces of foil out on counter top or work table.
  2. Place two slices of tomato in center of each sheet, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the zucchini and yellow squash into four portions, and place over the top of tomatoes. Try to keep them as flat and evenly spread out as possible so they will cook evenly.
  4. Season the vegetables with Italian seasoning. Use whatever seasoning blend you normally have in your pantry. If you prefer all basil, or have a blend you normally use, substitute here. You could replace with fresh basil leaves, but fresh herbs may be expensive depending on timing and market prices.
  5. Place the tilapia on top of the vegetable stack. Place 1 Tbsp butter on top of fish. If you soften butter slightly you can spread it easily over fish.
  6. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and same seasoning you used on vegetables.
  7. Top with two slices of lemon. Form a pouch with foil and crimp edges, forming an envelope or bag.
  8. Place in 350 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and open foil; use caution as steam will be trapped in foil. Serve the tilapia and vegetables over cooked rice. Make sure to spoon liquid from bottom of foil over top of the fish and vegetables.
  10. You can substitute whatever side item you normally keep in your pantry, pasta, brown rice, couscous, etc.


Grilled salmon with sea scallops

Here's another recipe from Chef LaDuke. Watch this step-by-step video to find out how to create a delicious grilled salmon with sea scallops.

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