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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Contributed by: NAPSA

Creating New Dishes With Time-Honored Cooking Techniques (NAPSA) - Throughout generations, Italian chefs have enhanced the flavors of fresh ingredients by using time-honored culinary techniques such as crusting, grilling, smoking and layering to create the most memorable meals.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Applying these cooking methods, Olive Garden has introduced four innovative dishes to its new menu: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Grilled Chicken Spiedini, Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta and Five Cheese Ziti al Forno.

"We started with simple, delicious ingredients and paired them in new and exciting ways, such as the combination of tilapia and Parmesan cheese," says Terry Stanley, senior vice president of culinary and beverage for Olive Garden. "Then, using traditional cooking methods, we brought these flavors and textures together to create an incredible new dish."

According to Paolo Lafata, senior executive chef for Olive Garden, crusting, or the coating of meats, poultry and seafood prior to cooking, is a simple and versatile way to add interesting textures and flavor combinations to almost any dish. Crusting can be done with a variety of spices, cheeses, breadcrumbs and nuts, or with less traditional ingredients such as sesame seeds or coconut. This technique adds contrasting texture, enhances flavor, seals in moisture and makes a great presentation.


  • Tilapia crusting mixture (recipe below)
  • Fresh Italian vegetables (recipe below)
  • 6 fillets of tilapia (approx. 6 oz. each)
  • 1 1/4 c. Alfredo sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 8 oz. cooked angel-hair pasta
  • Fresh parsley sprigs
  • 6 lemon wedges

Tilapia Crusting Mixture

  • 3/4 c. Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil


Using a spoon, thoroughly mix ingredients in a large bowl. Cover, set aside and refrigerate until ready to use.

Fresh Italian Vegetables

  • 4 c. zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices, then halved
  • 4 c. yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices, then halved
  • 2 c. red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 c. red onions, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place onto a baking sheet, forming a single layer. Set aside until ready for baking with tilapia.

Assembling Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Place tilapia fillets in a nonstick, shallow baking pan.

Pour 3 Tbsp. of Alfredo sauce onto each tilapia fillet. Use bottom of spoon to evenly coat top of fish.

Sprinkle 1/3 c. of prepared tilapia crusting mixture onto each piece and firmly pat breading evenly over Alfredo sauce.

Place pan of tilapia on top rack and, at the same time, place baking sheet with vegetables on the center rack, in the oven.

After approximately 10 minutes, or when the internal temperature of fish reaches 150 F, remove fish from oven and transfer onto a large platter.

Let the vegetables bake for an additional 5 minutes or until tender, and then remove from the oven.

Toss the vegetables with angel-hair pasta and place around fish. Sprinkle dish with parsley, garnish with lemon wedges and serve immediately.

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Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings



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