First Recipe: Steamed Tilapia with Veggies

So this is exciting, my first post! If you haven’t looked to the side pages, then I’ll let you know now that all my recipes are relatively easy and cheap, but still delicious. First up is a favorite of mine: Steamed Tilapia with Veggies

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I always sneak in a fish dish each week. Fish can sometimes get pricey, but I always manage to meet my weekly quota.

Before the summer, I had always roasted salmon, but now tilapia is my go-to fish. It’s been a steady $6 a pound at my local grocery store, and two fillets usually adds up to less than 4 bucks.

I pair this flaky fish with corn and bell peppers and steam it in a parchment paper pouch (or en papillote if you want to get fancy) and it always comes out light and delicious. This recipe is perfect for a quick, summer dinner. I literally have it once a week, changing up the veggies of course.

The entire meal itself should cost you no more than $8. I’m speaking in terms of Texas prices though.

Ingredients for 2:

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1 bag of frozen corn (ranges from 10 oz to 14 oz)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 stalks of scallions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 juicy lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Cayenne, salt and pepper
  • 2 2-feet long sheets of parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat. Add as much corn as you like, I alway use a whole 10 oz bag. Add green onions and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook for just a few minutes, then allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

Season the fillets with salt, pepper and cayenne. Top with lemon slices.

Fold the parchment papers in half. Open one of the sheets and pick a side to fill. Fill just the center of that one side with half of the corn mixture. Do not flatten out the mixture, keep it as a mound. Then top the fish onto the corn mixture. Close the other side onto the food and tightly fold/crimp the edges. You don’t want air to escape. Continue the same process with the other parchment paper.

Place both pouches onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

The steam should cook everything perfectly.

I’ve also done it with foil instead of parchment paper and it worked fine.

Hope you enjoy it!

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  1. […] Season the fillets with salt, pepper, and thyme. Top with lemon slices. Bake in parchment paper by setting the two fillets in a parchment envelope, sealing tightly. Refer to Steamed Tilapia. […]


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