Growing up I never liked fish or any type of seafood. Besides tuna, but I'm not entirely sure that actually counts as fish. All through childhood, adolescence, teenage years and even college I couldn't stand any type of seafood - fish, crab, lobster, any of it was completely unappealing to me.
This was really helpful when I was in late elementary school and my parents won a fishing trip to Alaska off a Coke can. (Yep, apparently those contests are legit and people actually win the prizes!) The trip was great for my parents - they had a lot of fun and came home with tons of stories and tons of fish. Seriously, tons. of. fish. Two freezers full of salmon and halibut that they had caught.
Now for the rest of the family this was heaven. They made fish sandwiches, broiled fish, fried fish, grilled fish, had fish pot lucks for the neighborhoods and even supplied fish for our neighborhood's National Night Out celebration that year. Everyone loved it. Except for the lone fish-hater in the group. Me! Let's just say I ate a lot of vegetables back then. They filled their plates with fish, I loaded up with potatoes, carrots, and anything else that wasn't a relative of Ariel and Flounder's.
Not eating fish served me pretty well for most of my life until I realized over the past year or so that I'm actually starting to like fish. Believe me, I'm as surprised as the next guy! I never thought I'd see the day. The other day someone posted a picture of baked tilapia and my mouth instantly started watering. So, I did something I've never done before. I bought fish. I bought fish and I made it - and it was terrific!
It was one of the easiest meals I've ever made, as well. So if you're like me and are a bit frightened of making fish, don't be! It's so easy! Here's what I did for a clean, healthy, quick, yummy weeknight meal!
Thaw out however many filets you'd like. I bought frozen tilapia that were individually wrapped, so I was able to put the wrapped fish right in a bowl of lukewarm water for about a half hour until they were completely thawed.
Pre-heat the oven to 350, and as that is heating up line a cake pan or cookie sheet with raised edges with tinfoil.
Put the fish directly on the tinfoil, and drizzle lemon juice over each filet. After that season them with whatever you'd like! I chose lemon pepper and it was great!
Bake the seasoned fish for 10-12 minutes and while that's cooking get some veggies ready to go along with it!