Main Dishes, One Tablespoon Testosterone, Recipes, Seafood and Fish

OTT: Citrus Tilapia

This is a guest post from my husband, Ben. Periodically, he has agreed to share some of his favorite recipes with you in a guest post column entitled One Tablespoon Testosterone, or OTT for short. Enjoy!


Citrus Tilapia |
The whole cast of characters.

Bonjour and bienvenue!  This is my latest Monday night meal.  With Sarah being on campus until 6, I take control of the kitchen on these days this semester.  Well, since my lovely wife was ill the previous week, I wanted to make a “real” dinner this past Monday.  So, in a brash display of something far shy of wisdom, I decided to make up my own recipe.  I really like fish.  I also really like citrus flavors, and my experience tells me that these two things fit together nicely.  So I came up with the following.

Citrus Tilapia


  • tilapia filets (as many as needed to feed your family)
  • lime juice (roughly 1 T per filet)
  • lemon pepper (we have one that you grind, but approximately 1/2 t per filet for the marinade, and more to taste sprinkled on top)
  • orange zest (roughly 1/2 t per filet)
  • dried cilantro

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking dish with foil and cover lightly with cooking spray (you don’t have to use foil, but if you don’t definitely use cooking spray or grease the pan in some way).  Place filets in baking dish.  In small bowl combine lime juice, lemon pepper, and orange zest to make marinade.  Brush the marinade onto the filets, coating evenly.  I used the entirety of my marinade, but as long as they’re all well covered that’s what matters.  Sprinkle lemon pepper and dried cilantro to taste on top of filets.  Bake in oven for 9-11 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Serve with your choice of sides.  I made a tasty salad and homemade fries!  Eat until full, take a break, come back, and eat some more.  Yum.

Salad to serve with Citrus Tilapia |
This is my salad (obviously). It’s made with romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, dried blueberries, craisins, dried papaya and topped with two slices of orange, homemade croutons and poppyseed dressing.
Fries to serve with Citrus Tilapia |
These fries were baked in the oven for about ten minutes longer than the fish at the same temperature. They’re made from red potatoes coated in olive oil and sprinkled with lemon pepper and kosher salt. Excellent.

In lieu of a related question, I will ask what has been running around in my mind recently.

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

Personally, I would root for Michigan and the Patriots in the same weekend. Oh, the horrors! (As long as OSU isn’t playing Michigan. That’s pushing it. No food is worth that!)

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