I like baking things in packets. No monitoring a pan or occasional stirring is needed - just fill a parchment or foil envelope with deliciousness and let it do its thing!
This fresh-tasting and simple recipe takes little effort and is great if you’re short on time. Lately I’ve been keeping fish filets in the freezer and thawing them out as I need them. Tilapia filets thaw pretty quickly (half an hour in cold water) and bake even faster (only 15 minutes), making them a great go-to when I’m in a pinch.
You will need (for 2):
- 2 large tilapia filets
- 1 lemon
- olive oil
- 4 fresh thyme sprigs
- salt & pepper
Cut the lemon in half. Set one half aside, and slice the other half into 4 slices.
Cut parchment paper into 2 squares large enough to house one filet each. Place the tilapia on the parchment and squeeze the juice of half the lemon on both filets. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Place 2 sprigs of thyme and 2 slices of lemon on top of each filet. Fold the parchment over the fish to create a packet - I like to bring either side of parchment over the top, fold over a couple times to create a seal and then tuck the edges under. It won’t be an airtight seal, and this is okay.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
I served mine with a mixture of sautéed zucchini, tomato and butternut squash. Any combination of fresh vegetables would go great with this!