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Ernesto's Tilapia

Ernesto's Tilapia


"My husband created this many years ago and we think it's just as good today as it was then! We prefer the grill to cook this, but the oven works fine. Cook in oven at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Eat the fish pepper/onion mixture on saltines with a squeeze of lime and a dash of hot sauce (such as Cholula®) and enjoy the flavorful broth with lime, hot sauce, and a spoon."
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40 m servings 336 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 336 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 48.7 g
  • 97%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 151 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Season tilapia with the juice of 1 lime and salt. Arrange fish in a disposable aluminum pan. Layer onion, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, roma tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and cilantro, respectively, over fish. Dot butter over cilantro layer, squeeze the juice from the second lime over cilantro, and season with salt. Cover pan tightly with a double layer of aluminum foil.
  3. Cook on the preheated grill for 15 minutes; rotate pan halfway-around and cook 5 minutes more. Rotate pan back around and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes more. Carefully remove aluminum foil and ladle mixture into bowls.

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Every once in awhile a recipe completely takes you by surprise, this is one of those recipes. We love to grill and are always looking for a new grilling recipe. I did half the recipe for just th...

I loved the ingredients in this recipe, but my husband and I thought it was a bit bland the first time I made it (we love spicy/foreign foods). I also always replace butter with coconut oil, for...

Yesssss!! I a made a tomato sauce with tomato paste added. I used parsley instead of cilantro! Put it over a bed of rice, with a couple slashes of soy sauce!! It was delicious!!!

My first cooking tilapia. Wow I gotta give it to myself. It came out so good. My boyfriend enjoyed it so much. He had to take a picture of it and send it to he's friends.

This is a pretty dish when served with either crusty bread or pasta/rice. I chose to serve with fresh crusty bread. I made half a recipe, lightly seasoned the tilapia loins with a bit of salt, ...

I am not a person that likes to eat fish, however this dish changed my mind!

I made this recipe last night for dinner. I kept as close to the original recipe as I could with what I had available. The results were spectacular!!

My husband and I both loved this, which is rare! Thanks for sharing it.

This recipe was amazing! Our entree of choice is fish so I'm always looking for easy and new ways to prepare it. I will definitely use this recipe again. I did add shrimp to it, and placed the f...

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