Bacon Wrapped Tilapia

Bacon Wrapped TilapiaBacon Wrapped Tilapia

Tilapia is a favorite around the WellDone household.  For a white fish, it’s tasty, it’s inexpensive, and it’s healthy.

It was that last part, the healthy party, that basically forced me to wrap it in bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Tilapia

This recipe is done in two parts.  The first involves slightly cooking the bacon, just so it gets crisp and starts to render out a little of its fat.  I did this because of too many Top Chef episodes where Tom called out a chef for having bacon that was not crisp and was still fatty.  I figured the easy solution to this was just cook the bacon part way through.  That way it starts to crisp, but can finish rendering in the oven, which only does wonders for the flavor of the fish.

You will need:

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • (optional) Splash white wine
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon capers

Preheat oven to 350.

Put the biggest skillet you have over medium-high heat, start cooking the bacon.  Cook it for 5-8 minutes or until it begins to turn crispy.  Push the bacon to the sides of the skillet and drain all but a tablespoon or so of oil.

Sprinkle the tilapia with salt and pepper on both sides and put it into the skillet with the lemon juice.  Cook the fish 1-2 minutes on each side, then wrap the bacon around the filets.

Put the fish into the oven and bake until cooked all the way through, at least 6-8 minutes.

When the fish is done, add the butter and let it melt.  Optionally add the wine and capers.


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