Tilapia w feta tomato

Tomato and Feta Cheese Tilapia Bake

My niece, Alana, shared a wonderfully simple recipe for Shrimp with Tomato and Feta Cheese. It sounded delicious — and great for a quick dinner with good presentation. However, having a kosher kitchen, it needed some modification. I’m used to switching things up; recipes are really just guidelines, with unlimited adaptions.

I substituted the shrimp with tilapia, used a can of diced San Marzano tomatoes (it’s still a bit early in the season to be guaranteed deep juicy tomato flavor from solely raw tomatoes), as well as fresh tomatoes, and threw in a couple of chopped serrano chilis to amp up the spice.

I placed the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, chilis, kosher salt and pepper in a baking dish and roasted for 20 minutes.

Tomatoes for tilapia and feta bakeAfter removing the baking dish from the oven, I stirred in the lemon juice and parsley and tucked the tilapia under the tomato mixture. Then sprinkled the top with crumbled feta cheese.

Tilapia and Feta bake 2The next night the leftovers were great! I warmed them up in the oven.

Tilapia and feta bake half eatenMy husband ate it over pasta, adding extra chili flakes and topping with more fresh chopped parsley.

tilapia and feta bake over pastaHe enjoyed it so much he took the remaining leftovers for lunch the following day!!



4 large Tomatoes, cut in half, then into eights (large chop)

1 16oz can diced San Marzano Tomatoes

2 tbsp fresh Garlic, minced

2 fresh Chilis, chopped fine (or, 1/2 tsp chili flakes)

3 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tsp kosher salt (more or less to taste)

2 tsp fresh Pepper

1 1/2 pounds Tilapia filets, cut into serving size pieces

2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 cup chopped fresh Parsley

1 cup crumbled Feta

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place the tomatoes in a large heatproof baking dish. Mix in the chopped garlic, chilis, kosher salt and pepper, and olive oil.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven. Stir in lemon juice and half the chopped parsley. Gently tuck in tilapia filets. Sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles.

Place back in oven for 15 minutes, until tilapia is flakey and the feta cheese is nicely golden.

Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Serve with a salad and crusty bread … or over whole wheat couscous, or pasta … or just in a bowl, as is!

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