If you are like me who likes whole tilapia, a place to find them is at Wal-Mart. The store sells frozen whole tilapias for about $7. Depending on the size of the fish a bag has 3 or 4 whole tilapias in it. The tilapias are completely cleaned, meaning they’re gutted and scaled. Each fish come in an individual vacuum packed bag so you can take out what you only need for either frying, steaming, grilling, or baking.
I actually baked 2 whole tlapias when I made this dish but only arranged the bigger fish for the picture. So for this recipe take out 2 tilapias to thaw out before cooking.
Lemon Pepper Baked Tilapia W/ Sautéed Green Beans
- 2 whole tilapias, thawed
- 3 tbsp oil
- generous sprinkle of lemon pepper seasoning
- a bunch of fresh green beans
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 sm onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp oil
- sprinkle of salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 355° Line a sheet pan with foil. Brush a little bit of oil on the foil. This will prevent the fish from sticking.
- Slice a couple of slits on one side of the tilapias. In a bowl, brush oil on both sides of the tilapias. Sprinkle enough lemon pepper on both fish to coat evenly. Place the tilapias on the sheet pan. Bake them in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
- While the fishes are baking, heat up oil in a pan. Sauté the onions, garlic, and tomatoes. Add the tomato paste, water, and the green beans. Season with salt and paper. Stir then cover the pan to continue cooking. Cook until the green beans are fork tender.
- Put the baked fish in a serving platter. Place the green beans around the fish to serve the two together.