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Easy Lemon-Rosemary Tilapia with Vegetables

Alright alright…I know you guys just loooove heart-attack inducing southern meals, but the time has come…to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax…Of cabbages and kings! Hold on…That’s Alice in Wonderland. You guys aren’t here for that. But the time has come for some healthy food! Now don’t groan!! And hey! Stop rolling those eyes at me!

So there are two kinds of people in this world: Seafood people and those living in denial (a.k.a. the non-seafood people). But really, those non-seafood people…no judgement, I swear. But you may want to avert your eyes for this post. In fact, best you just skip over it and pretend it never happened. Seafood people, I promise this is worth my incessant babble.

Start with thawed tilapia fillets by running them under hot water. Set those aside.

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For those of you that happen to be blessed with a green thumb…good for you. Just know that I am not. It seems that of my many talents…gardening does not happen to be one of them. Even the combined efforts of Taste-Tester and myself yields zero results. Our garden is where plants go to die. SOOO if your like me…get your container of rosemary you bought from the store and proceed to strip them of leaves (Or maybe you want to pick the leaves off one at a time and sing “he loves me, he loves me not”. Whatever makes your dinner better).

Once you have the leaves stripped, toss the stems and begin to chop that rosemary like there is no tomorrow. You could use dried rosemary but it detracts from the amazing freshiness of the meal! And then you would be mad at me and no one wants that.

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The rosemary should start to look like the pile to the left. Once all of it has been thoroughly pulverized by you knife-wielding people, set aside your cutlery and listen to this secret I’m about to tell you. This one little thing will change your life. You must, and I mean absolutely must, keep these in your kitchen:

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This is life-changing…because you can’t possibly go through all that rosemary we just chopped in a single night. Life gets busy…and in between work, school, the gym, and all our extracurriculars the rosemary will most certainly meet its demise in your fridge.  Then one day you suddenly get the urge to eat healthy and oops…no healthy herbs to speak of. You then end up at Taco Bell guzzling down 5 burritos in your car whilst wearing your thanksgiving stretchy pants. That my friends…is not a very happy scenario. SO…Take the chopped herbs and stir into softened butter. Spoon the mixture into individual cups, freeze, and now we never have to worry about sweatpants again (unless for bedtime, of course).

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But anyhoo…back to the dinner. Take some fresh chopped rosemary and mix with 3 tablespoons of softened butter. Then place your fish fillet on a sheet of foil. Spread half (and I repeat..HALF) of the butter-herb mix onto the fillet.

Now all that’s left to do is add in the veggies! The only thing I love more than bread is potatoes. Any way, shape, or form…They are the best thing since sliced bread. I used red new potatoes and green beans as my vegetables. And nothing like snapping the ends of green beans to make you feel like a real southern woman.

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Add those veggies right on top of the Tilapia! Now remember the rest of that butter-herb mix we only used half of?? (I sure hope you remember…that was only like two steps ago..wouldn’t want you guys to forget me that easily). Well take that butter stuff and nuke it!

Take the hot melted butter mixture from the microwave and  pour it over the top. Squeeze a lemon over your creation and roll up the foil and voila! Easy Tilapia-veggie packet ready for the baking! Stick it in the oven and when the timer dings…all things are right in the world. Just take it out of the oven, open the packet, sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese (I mean, it is healthy food..we can splurge just a little bit right?) and put the open packet back in the oven for a quick broil. Watch for a golden color to appear. And then it is finished…beautiful and finished. Beautiful, healthy, and finished. Sprinkle on a little sea salt and it is magic waiting to be devoured

Easy Lemon-Rosemary Tilapia and Vegetables


  • 2 Tilapia Fillets
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
  • 6-8 red new potatoes
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Optional: Other vegetables can be used in place of potatoes and beans


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Thaw the Tilapia fillets under hot water. Place individual fillets on foil sheets.
  3. Stir in chopped rosemary to 6 tablespoons softened butter until combined.
  4. Using a knife, spread only half of the butter mixture onto the fillets. Reserve the other half for later.
  5. Chop potatoes and green beans and layer on top of fillets
  6. Melt the reserved butter-rosemary mixture in the microwave. Pour evenly over each fillet/vegetable packet.
  7. Squeeze half a lemon over each individual fillet.
  8. Seal foil packets and bake in oven at 375° for one hour.
  9. Remove foil packets from oven, unseal, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese on each fillet.
  10. Place open foil packets on a pan back in oven. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes (until cheese and fish have begun to brown). Remove and serve immediately.

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