RANCH BAKED TILAPIA
6 tilapia filets, thawed (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup prepared ranch dressing
2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
Spread half of the ranch dressing in the bottom of a greased 9x13" metal baking pan*. Arrange the fish in a single layer over the dressing. Spread the remaining dressing evenly over the top of the fish. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Bake at 425º 15-20 minutes or until the fish is done. If the top needs browning put the baking pan under the broiler for a few minutes until nice and brown. I broiled mine for 4 minutes. Don't put the pan too close to the broiler element or the cheese will burn. I kept my pan on the middle rack for the baking as well as the broiling.
Make 3-6 servings
* I don't recommend putting a glass baking pan under the broiler so I suggest using a metal pan for this recipe. I lined my pan with heavy foil which I greased with cooking spray.
Per 1/3 Recipe: 716 Calories; 54g Fat; 51g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 3.5g Net Carbs
Per 1/6 Recipe: 358 Calories; 27g Fat; 26g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 2g Net Carbs
I came up with this recipe to use up some ranch dressing mix that I'd made for company. I haven't been eating salads lately so the dressing was going to go to waste if I couldn't come up with a way to use it in a recipe. You'll notice that I didn't season the fish with salt. That's because ranch dressing is very salty. You can always sprinkle the fish with a little salt later if needed. I thought this tasted pretty good for such a quick to throw together dish. My husband had some later after I'd posted this and he raved about it. Click the photo to see a close-up.
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