I haven’t had much time to cook lately. It’s like summer just took me by storm! Before I knew it, the kids were out of school and I was busy planning summer outings, trips to the beach, park play dates and scheduling camp. Cook??? Whaaaat???
Thankfully, I found a little time for freezer cooking here and there and the family was still able to eat home cooked meals. For those days when the freezer ran out of home cooked meals, I found some tasty temptations in bulk at the likes of Costco and Sam’s Club.
For those other days, I had to improvise. Like last night, for instance. My Sunday dinners are usually pretty elaborate. Not this time! I was lucky enough to boil water, let alone cook a full meal.
At the last minute, I stared at my 4 pound pack of thawed tilapia and I think it stared back at me. “Make your move, momma,” it seemed to taunt me. I was tired of plain old broiled tilapia, but I had no time to make the more succulent parmesan tilapia my family loved. Just then…I saw a bag of French’s Fried Onion…a big, gargantuan bag that hadn’t been used in weeks. I purchased it to accompany the pulled pork sandwiches I made for Noah’s party, but I forgot to display it with the rest of the party fare and so it was nearly forgotten. Almost the entire bag remained. I thought, surely there is a way to marry that bag of French’s Fried Onions with fresh tilapia. I checked the back of the bag (most food manufacturers are good with putting their BEST recipes on the back label) and it didn’t disappoint! Ding, ding, ding, ding!!! There was a titillating recipe for baked chicken breast that I adopted for my tilapia. Short and simple yet still succulent!
I used a quick mix of seasonings in this recipe although the original recipe called for no seasoning at all. After tasting it, I can tell the fried onions give the dish big flavor and so additional seasoning might not be needed. But now that I’ve had it with seasoning, I don’t think I’ll ever make it without it. Be bold, be brave…mix it up and make it your own. This dish is quick and quite yummy…you’ll be amazed by the “fried” taste without the actual frying (and the oil).
- 4 lbs tilapia filets
- 6 cups French's Fried Onions
- 6 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp seasoned salt
- 1 tbsp basil
- 3 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine fried onions, flour and seasonings.
- In a medium bowl, whisk eggs.
- Dredge tilapia in egg mixture, then lay in fried onion mixture to coat on both sides. You may have to pat the sides to ensure the onion mixture will stick.
- Lay tilapia on a baking pan (note: oil or cooking spray is not needed).
- Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
- Serve hot and enjoy!