Easter landed on my birthday last year. April 1. Yep, I am a proud April Fool!! You have to go back more than 60 years to find Easter and April Fool's Day on the same day. It hadn't happened since 1956 and has occurred only four times since 1900. I'll probably be around for one more such occasion because it happens again in 2029. If I am, look for me in the kitchen.😉
This year, it's not until April 24 and as we start Lent, there's still tons of snow on the ground for many of us. So, even though it begins three full weeks later than it did in 2018, it's sneaked up on us! In the next couple of days, run by the store and grab a bag of frozen tilapia fillets. Come Wednesday, you can thaw them in a flash and make a yummy supper so fast it will knock your snowboots off! (Grab a big bag because I'll share a couple of other tilapia tactics in the weeks ahead.)
Fast and so easy to make in the microwave. Tilapia is a mild white fresh water fish that lends itself to lots of flavor profiles. The thin fillets usually are packed individually and thaw out quickly under cold tap water!
I make these in a greased glass pie dish, works great in the microwave. Arrange fillets in single layer. Sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper. Squeeze juice from a medium lemon evenly over fish. In a pinch, use bottled lemon juice, about a tablespoon or a little more.
Smoosh a part sleeve of saltines right in the wrapper with your hands- leave fairly coarse. Put layer of crumbs on the fillets and dot with butter, sprinkle with parsley.
Cover lightly with a napkin or wax paper so butter doesn't splatter all over! (I warned you!) Cook 3 minutes on high. Take out and redistribute butter a little so most of all the crumbs get some, then return to microwave for another 2-3 minutes. Don't over cook! Fish should flake easily with fork and will cook a little more as it sits.
There you have it! Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy. Perfect on a busy night during Lent or any time! If you like dill, you could sure add some dill weed or fresh dill if you have some. Pairs perefectly with simple boiled baby red potatoes and peas. Coleslaw would be another tasty plate partner for this cozy supper dish!
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