Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Crispy Lemon-Garlic Fish Fillets

It was time to crack open and use one of my new cookbooks. One of the books I got was Jeff Green's Mealtime Magic. The whole cookbook is filled with over 250 recipes of offbeat recipes using brand-name products. It is so cute! Rather than separating chapters by type of food, each brand has it's own chapter, like Bumble Bee Tuna, Dr. Pepper or Heinz Ketchup for example. You'd be surprised at what kind of dishes can be made out of products you typically have in your fridge or pantry.

One chapter that caught my eye was French's Original French Fried Onions. I think everyone is familiar with these being used in a green bean casserole, but did you know they can be used to make a delicious baked chicken, in a salad, on a pizza or on fish? I sure didn't! Tonight I went with the fish entree.

Crispy Lemon-Garlic Fish Fillets

4 Tilapia or red snapper fish fillets, 1/2 inch thick
1 1/3 cups French's Original French Fried Onions
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp (appx 2 cloves) garlic, minced
1 egg beaten

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2) Place onions, lemon zest and garlic in a large, Ziploc bag. Seal bag. Lightly crush bag with hands or rolling pin to crush onions. Shake at combine.
3) Place egg in small bowl. Dip fish into egg; then firmly coat with seasoned onion crumbs. Place fish on baking sheet and sprinkle with any additional crumbs.
4) Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

You wouldn't think 1 teaspoon of lemon zest would add much flavor but it adds a great subtle pop to the fish. This was VERY delicious!

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