Cilantro Lime Butter Tilapia with Sweet Baked Masa

June 15, 2011

I’ve moved my food postings to a new location: Chew Your Own Adventure.

Over the past few years, I’ve constantly had this amazing side dish at Tex-Mex restaurants: Sweet baked masa, or Sweet Baked Corn. Think of it as corn bread, but ever-so-slightly-sweeter, and in more of a side-of-rice texture.

To pair with the sweet baked masa, I went with a Baked Parmesan Tilapia recipe I heavily modified to fit the Tex-mex theme.

Tilapia Recipe:

  • 4 fillets of fresh tilapia
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1 oz cheese of your choice (I used a pepper-jack, cheddar mix)
  • paprika to taste
  • cumin to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

Place the tilapia in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the rest of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Remove the tilapia from the oven after 25 minutes, and spread the mix over each fillet. Turn your oven to broil, and move the topmost rack to the to highest position possible. Broil the tilapia for 2 minutes. Voila, you have a moist, buttery, cilantro-lime Tilapia.

For the sides, I made the Sweet Corn Cake recipe I mentioned earlier, along with a mexican rice and guac.

Set the sides on a corn husk for maximum plating points, and enjoy!