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Zesty Grilled Tilapia

I saw this while watching the Food Network and Paula Deen always makes me hungry. I try to avoid the "stick of butter" recipes, but this one actually seemed remotely healthy...I figured I had to take advantage. I must say, I was somewhat disappointed in the flavor. Don't get me wrong, we took care of eating all of the fish that was made :) but, I do feel like it could have had some adjustments. I would've added more flavor through additional hot sauce (I used about 1 tb and it was still somewhat washed out) or more seasonings, or even less oil (I didn't even use the additional for brushing). The oranges were also not looking as good as usual, so I feel that the juice and zest wasn't as sweet and juicy as it could have been. Long story short, this is a healthy dish that you should give a try, but I would get a little creative as well - and make sure you get good oranges!


6 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets (I got away with 4)

6 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon hot sauce, to taste

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Place the fish in a large nonmetal dish. Whisk together the 6 tablespoons oil, the orange zest, orange juice, ginger, hot sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste; pour over the fish. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare grill. Brush the fish with additional oil. Grill until fish just flakes when tested with a fork, about 5 minutes per side for each inch of thickness.


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