Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ranch Baked Tilapia

I had found this recipe on Linda's website and thought this was an interesting recipe to try. I never thought to use ranch dressing to coat the fish, although I have heard of using mayonnaise. The dressing and parmesan cheese gave the fish a great mild flavor. I thought it was going to have an overpowering taste of ranch dressing but it did not. It is amazing how using only a few ingredients will allow something to taste sooo good. You definitely do not need to add any salt because the ranch dressing and parmesan cheese both have enough salt in them so that none is needed. I decided to add black pepper and a little bit of basil. The fish came out wonderful! The hubby even approved! Enjoy the recipe!

This is Linda's Ranch Baked Tilapia. Her photo looks so much better than mine. Doesn't that look delicious!

The fillets with ranch dressing spread on it before being cooked.

Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese, black pepper, and basil over the top. Now it is ready to go in the oven!

This is my photo of four fillets piled on top of each other straight from the oven. I used less dressing and parmesan cheese than Linda to fit the Medifast plan, but the taste was still very good!

Ranch Baked Tilapia
Slightly adapted from Linda's Low Carb Recipes

10 oz tilapia filets, thawed - should yield 7 oz cooked (1 Lean) 
1/4 cup light ranch dressing (2 Healthy Fats)
2 tbsp reduced fat parmesan cheese, grated, (2 Condiments)
1/8 tsp black pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/4 tsp basil (1/4 Condiment)

Place fish on a metal cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil. Spread 2 tbsp of ranch dressing on top of the fish fillets. Turn the fillets over and spread the remaining 2 tbsp of dressing evenly on the other side. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Bake at 425º 15-20 minutes or until the fish is done. If the top needs browning put the baking pan under the broiler for a few minutes until nice and brown. I broiled mine for 4 minutes. Don't put the pan too close to the broiler element or the cheese will burn. I kept my pan on the middle rack for the baking as well as the broiling.

1 serving with 1 Lean, 2.5 Condiments and 2 Healthy Fats per serving

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  1. That looks so good and I have a bunch of fish in my freezer right now waiting for such a recipe!


  2. Just tried this recipe and it was pretty good!! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  3. Have tried this recipe twice now and love how the fush cooks perfectly Everytime! Even my 15 month old gobbles this down :)

  4. This is such a great dinner. It is one of those great 5 minute dinner that tastes like you spent a lot more time in the kitchen. I like to put the fish in a cold oven set at 450 for 30 minutes. It comes out great everytime.

  5. Sandy, thank you for sharing your awesome recipes! Would this still be OP if the powdered version of ranch dressing/dip was used preparing it with 1 C FF milk & 1C light mayo?

    Thank you!


  6. I know that fat free milk isn't allowed and 1 cup of light mayo is too much. HYou can have 1 tbsp of light mayo as a healthy fat but tilapia allows you 2 tbsp. I hope that helps!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this way of baking tilapia. It's probably my favorite fish recipe out there!

  8. Delicious! Thank you for all the Medifast recipes!

  9. Wow, this recipe is a keeper! I'm not a huge fan of fish..but I have never had Tilapia this good. I am stuffed! Thanks for all your great recipes!!!

  10. can you use other white fish such as flounder?

  11. omg this is really yummmy! but mine turned out really salty because i forgot that the parmesan and ranch already kinda have salt in them and i added extra salt :( but thats okay, i just used rice to dilute the tilapia :) Great eats! :)

  12. This recipe was easy to prepare and tasted great. This is one that we will add to our collection of good meals. Thanks or sharing your recipes with us to expand our taste buds.