Tilapia with Almonds

Its no secret that Tilapia is one of my favorite fish.  Its inexpensive (I can get it on sale at the grocery store for $3.99 a pound usually), flaky and light, and takes on pretty much any flavor you choose to immerse it in.  So it is a perfect fish to pair with almonds, lemon juice and a bit of butter for a delicious healthy dinner.

1 tilapia filet per person (approximately 1 pound for three people)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds per three filets
1 tbsp butter per three filets
1/2 lemon

1. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a pan and heat over medium heat, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Sprinkle tilapia filets with salt and pepper to taste.

3.  Place filets in pan and heat 3-5 minutes per side, until flesh turns white

4. After both sides have been cooked place a 1/3 tbsp of butter on top of each filet and sprinkle almonds over the top (divided evenly among all filets).  Then squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the fish.

5. Place the fish in the pan in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until almonds have browned.

I enjoyed my tilapia with wild rice that I cooked in chicken broth and some sauteed vegetables.

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