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Easy fish fillets

Posted July 02, 2014 in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights

When the request came in for a recipe this month, I was on vacation in Georgia and only had one thing on my mind… fish! At that time I was only thinking about catching them, but knowing that we’d be bringing a cooler-full home for cooking later caused me to decide to share one of my favorite fish recipes with you. It’s at the top of my list for several reasons: It’s versatile, it’s delicious and it’s easy.

I mentioned versatile first because that’s probably what I like the most about this recipe. You can use virtually any kind of fish (my personal preference is some type of white fish, such as bass or cod), you can bake it in the oven or grill it outside, and you can experiment with the seasonings, adapting them to your own personal preference.

Easy fish fillets (baked or grilled)

1-1/2 pounds of fish (About 5 average sized fillets ½ to ¾ inch thick)
Lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
Garlic powder*
Cajun seasoning*
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
Parmesan cheese

20140617_2131441. Sprinkle fish fillets on both sides with lemon juice, and then dip them in melted butter, coating both sides.  Sprinkle garlic powder on one side of the fillet, then place the fish, seasoned side down, on a baking dish or grill pan, depending on your cooking preference.
2. Next, sprinkle the other side with cajun seasoning and then slather with mayonnaise or Miracle Whip.
3. Place the baking dish in a preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes, or place the grill pan on a hot grill, and cook until just flaky.
4. At this point, if liquid has accumulated in the bottom of the pan, carefully drain as much off as possible, and then generously sprinkle the top of the fillets with Parmesan cheese and continue baking about 5 minutes until it starts to turn golden and look crispy.  Flip the fillets and generously sprinkle the other side with Parmesan and cook 5 more minutes.

*These seasonings can be adapted to your personal preference, but I recommend using something that is going to be flavorful.

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