Thursday, June 02, 2011

I ain't afraida no fish...or Dear Dad O,

Did you know there are people in my family who like to hunt and fish?
I could serve you Venison and you'd have no idea it wasn't beef.  For reals.

I am super intimidated when it comes to's so...fishy.

I mean, there are jokes about it, "This smells like a dumpster...let's eat it!"  
Thanks, Jim Gaffigan.

When Tony and I were dating he made fried fish for me.  I was skeptical to say the least.  My previous fish experience included an occasional fish stick and chicken strips at Long John Silver's.

Tony's fish was divine.  Did you know if the fish is fresh it doesn't taste fishy?  It's actually really good.  However, if you fry fish in an apartment, guess what your apartment smells like?  Um, the dumpster at Long John Silver's.

So, my Father-in-Law gave me the fish they'd caught this weekend with a charge to cook it.  

Challenge accepted and battle won.  Tony said, "This is the best non-fried fish I've ever had."

I made "Magic Fish."  Dubbed Magic Fish because it tastes so good it must be magic.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Now, I didn't use Tilapia obviously, because we were fishing in Michigan, not Florida.  I used Pike and Blue Gills.  Or as Lucy pronounces it: Blue Geels.  I also forgot to get a lemon at the store but had limes on hand so I used that instead, I thought it was fantastic.  I'm no longer afraid of the fish. 

**Originally made by Pheobe, and then by Suzy, and then by Jen, and then by me.**


katie+brandon said...

I don't know if I could do it....just knowing what it is...

Stacie said...

I have also heard about this recipe from both Suzy and Jen. I can't stand fish either, but if you say it's good, I may have to try it. My husband would be thrilled.

bethy said...

Way to go, Anna! I am also very weary of cooking fish. I'll have to try this when I get brave enough. Thank you. Your blog is always fun to read. :)