Tilapia is a very mild fish. That could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. Some would say, it’s too mild and doesn’t taste like anything. I agree that tilapia needs a little jazzing up. So, I came up with spinach and feta stuffed tilapia.
The mild tilapia is wrapped around a flavorful filling that contains spinach, feta, ricotta, bread crumbs, and spices. The stuffing makes the boring tilapia kind of fantastic.
12-16 oz. tilapia fillets (4-6 thin fillets)
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup bread crumbs
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 large lemon
- Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Pat fish dry with paper towels and sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Step 2
In a small bowl, mix the egg with the ricotta until smooth. Add the feta, bread crumbs, spinach, ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. black pepper, and thyme. Mix until well combined.
- Step 3
Divide the filling between the fish fillets, placing the filling on the widest end of the fillet. Roll the fish around the filling. Secure the seam with toothpicks, if needed.
- Step 4
Place the stuffed fish, seam side down in the baking dish. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the top of the stuffed fish. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. The stuffing should be cooked through and the fish should flake when touched with a fork.