Easy Baked Tilapia

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Boring isn’t always bad. When you’re struggling to get dinner on the table, to save money, to feed your family healthy foods–boring can be perfect. I like the easy combination of protein + grain + veggie for a simple meal that takes about 20 minutes to pull together. This Easy Baked Tilapia is the perfect example. It’s flavorful but so simple to make, and the flavors could go just as well with chicken or pork if you’d prefer (just increase the cooking time). This is also another example of a naturally gluten-free meal. Love it!

Easy Baked Tilapia

1 lb. tilapia filets
Butter or olive oil
Salt and pepper
Minced garlic

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay tilapia in 9×12 baking pan. Drizzle olive oil or melted butter over fillets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add garlic and sprinkle with parsley. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.

We eat a lot of tilapia, and this is my go-to recipe for busy nights when I don’t have time to cook anything more complicated. While it’s baking, I pull together some brown rice or quinoa and a green veggie for a simple, healthy dinner. If you want to try some other tilapia recipes, my kids also love Asian Fish in a Packet and my Almond Tilapia and Broccoli Slaw.

This Easy Baked Tilapia recipe is linked up to Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker, Tasty Tuesday at Beauty & Bedlam, MomTrends Recipe Linky and Life as Mom’s Ultimate Recipe Swap.