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Backyard BBQ night: grilled tilapia

Grilled Tilapia
Grilled Tilapia

According to the New York Times, Americans ate 475 million pounds of tilapia last year, four times the amount a decade ago, making this once obscure African native the most popular farmed fish in the United States. Seafood is a simple and easy dish, especially especially when grilling. By creating foil packets you can introduce a whole world of different seasonings and sauces. Fresh fruit and vegetables added to the packet to help create a whole dinner right there in a sheet of aluminum foil. By adding some toasted Italian bread and a salad you will delight family with this quick and easy dish. Tilapia is a mild flavored fish that goes so well with citrus such as lemon or pineapple, but it is delicate enough just with a bit of seafood seasoning and/or butter. This fish is wonderful over a bed of rice as well as a fine pasta. Another good option is to pair it with a tomato salad. Here is foiled wrapped tilapia:

1. Four 6-ounce tilapia fillets
2. 4 tablespoons olive oil
3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
4. 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
5. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
6. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
7. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8. 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning such as Old Bay or McCormick’s
9. Aluminum foil torn to wrap the fillets

1 In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well
2. Lay out the foil wrap so that the filet is placed in the center and that there is enough foil to wrap around the fish.
3. Top with tomato mixture, wrap the foil around like a bundle
4. Place packets on warm grill, and cook for about 3 minutes each side.
5. Remove from grill, open packets and serve over rice, pasta or salad.

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