Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simple Baked Fish with House Seasoning

My first post!!! Are you as excited as I am...don't answer that!

Okay, so first let me say that in my introductory post I never promised that the "southern" part of my cooking & the "twist" part of my cooking would ever collide in one post. I just promised that they each would be there at some point in time. I also never promised that either or both would always make an appearance. So when you read through this recipe please keep those things in mind.

What I did say is that I would share my original recipes with you.

Don't get excited, it's not as big of a secret as the Colonel's Original Recipe, not anymore anyway. Not to mention, I don't fry alot of things, if anything. So, there you go.

I digress.

Back to the food.

Okay, the seasoning I use has become a staple in my house. It goes on fish, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, you name it, it's great on it. So I strongly suggest you try it on something besides fish, you'll love it, I promise. Here goes...

The line up:

You'll be using non-stick spray, Lawry's seasoned salt (I really do not know how anyone cooks without the stuff, it's wonderful), italian seasoning, lemon pepper, regular salt & black pepper, butter & your fish.

I use the individually frozen fillets of tilapia. You can find them in any grocery store, the brands vary, but the fish taste the same. It's tilapia, everyone loves it, even non-fish eating people. It really is the perfect fish & my house seasoning just adds to it's perfection, or so I think. In this particular recipe I used 2 fillets because that's all we had left in the freezer. You can use any fish you like as well, I'm not going to chase you down & interrogate you if you choose to use something else.


Liberally spray a baking dish, I prefer glass, with non-stick spray. Place the fish in the baking dish & begin to season.

Here's where it gets tricky for me. I have always eye-balled my seasoning & because I used a smaller amount of fish this time the amount of seasoning was obviously reduced as well. So please keep that in mind when you prepare this. Feel free to put as little or as much of each seasoning element as you would like too. Remember you are working with two different salts & two different peppers, so be cautious or liberal with the distribution, whatever floats your boat. Be sure to season both sides of the fillet. Once you've done that you'll spray each fillet with the non-stick cooking spray. Trust me on this, it helps give it just a little crispness. I also prefer to bake the fish skin side up which with tilapia is the pink side, these fillets don't actually have skin on them, I was trying to make it easy to follow. Anyway. Then top each fillet with a small pat or two of butter depending on how rich you think you might like it. You can 86 the butter too if you're trying to cut back on that sort of thing.

You'll bake this for about 15 mins at 375 degrees.

When you remove it from the oven it should look something like this.

TA-DA! The rich butter helps all the spices melt together & into the fish & it is delicious. Like I said before even non-fish eaters have raved about this fish.

So good luck & feel free to ask any questions.

Your feedback is much appreciated, as long as it doesn't hurt my feelings too much.

Simple Baked Fish with House Seasoning
  • 2 - 4oz. tilapia fillets (if using frozen, thaw first for best results)
  • 1/4 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt (Lawry's is my preference, your own preference is perfectly fine)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp of Lemon Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp salt, approx
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, approx
  • 2-3 small pats of butter  
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a baking dish, preferably glass, with non-stick cooking spray. Place fillets in dish. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, lemon pepper, italian seasoning, salt & pepper. Spray the top of each fillet with the non-stick spray. Place a pat of butter on each fillet. Put dish in oven.

Bake for about 15 mins or until desired doneness.


  1. Can't wait to try it! Love the simple ingredients..

  2. Hi Lesley, I just stumbled upon your blog looking for a easy baked fish recipe. I'm cooking this dish tonight and am writing a blog post about your recipe as we speak. Thanks for sharing! I'll be sure to link back to your page.

    And what's up you're from Alabama!! That makes me like you even more. I live in Philly, but I was born and raised a Bama girl. I can't help but get excited when I see anything Bama related. :)