Cheesy Parmesan Fish

I asked my daughter what I should call this fish recipe and she said “Good food!”  She loves fish, but I also made this recipe for about 30 kids ranging from Kindergarten through fifth grade and every single one of them loved it, too – even the ones who initially said “I don’t like fish!”  I have this unusual Sunday School classroom. We use food and cooking to help tell the Bible stories. For the lessons about Jesus calling the apostles – many of whom were fishermen – we talked about fishing, the kinds of fish in the Sea of Galilee (tilapia for one), and we cooked fish and ate it.  Some of the kids liked it so much they brought their parents back up to the classroom to make sure their mom got the recipe! Now you can make it too.

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Cheesy Parmesan Fish
Serves: 4
Broiled filets of fish get a savory, cheesy topping that's sure to please even picky eaters.
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tblsp melted butter
  • 2 Tblsp mayonnaise*
  • juice of half a lemon
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 6oz filets of firm white fish, fresh or frozen thawed such as mahi-mahi, cod or tilapia
  1. Preheat the broiler with the rack on the second highest position, and butter your broiler pan.
  2. In a bowl, blend the cheese, butter, mayo, lemon juice, basil, and garlic, and set aside the bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the fish filets with salt and pepper and place them on the broiler pan.
  4. Broil the filets on one side for 3-4 minutes depending on thickness, then remove from the oven.
  5. Carefully turn the filets over, and divide the cheese mixture evenly between the filets spreading it to cover.
  6. Return fish to oven and broil another 3-4 minutes until fish flakes easily with a fork and the topping is golden, watching carefully so as not to burn.

*use a soy-free, canola-free mayonnaise such as the one from Wilderness Family Naturals, or make your own using olive oil.

Make this a gluten-free, grain-free dinner by serving the fish with buttered baked sweet potatoes and braised kale.  I’m posting this in the Sunday Social Blog Hop. Please stop by and read the rest of this week’s submissions, plus check out our featured blogger from last week!

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