I was in Washington DC last week visiting my sister, who lives there, and my mother and brother who flew in from Colorado and California, respectively. We had a great time catching up, shopping, visiting DC, and of course – eating! We went to a few very nice restaurants, of which Le Diplomate on 14th St. was a personal favorite, and we also did some great cooking on the rooftop of my sister’s very nice apartment building, which has a swimming pool, lounge chairs and grills for residents to use.
This recipe for baked tilapia turned out amazing. We wrapped everything up in foil and put it inside the grill where it baked inside the foil for about 12 minutes. Without easy access to a grill, this recipe could also be made in an oven heated to about 200C (390F). The recipe was pretty simple without exact measurements, so I’ll do my best to approximate what we did. But really any number of combinations of vegetables, herbs and sauces could be added to vary it up.
Place array of cut and washed vegetables and herbs (spinach, red peppers, onions, parsley and basil) on a large piece of tin foil
Place tilapia fish on top of the vegetables.
Put two or three slabs of butter on top of the fish. Squeeze fresh lemon over the fish and place the rind of another lemon slice on top of the fish.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Can also add any combination of: cayenne pepper, rosemary, white wine (1 T), teriyaki sauce, or other sauces/herbs if feeling creative.
Fold the side of the tin foil in so the fish is completely sealed. Put inside grill or oven and let cook for 12-15 minutes.
- We also cooked asparagus with the fish in a similar manner – placing the asparagus in the tin foil, covering with olive oil, salt and lemon, closing the foil and placing in the grill. It turned out great!
The balcony and DC streets
View of the Washington Monument from the Jefferson Memorial