i'm getting bored with the typical tilapia/breadcrumbs under the broiler. any good ideas that are not too insane (the kids have to eat it too!) thanks!!!!
How about fish tacos?
Soft tortillas, broiled tilapia strips, diced red onion, diced tomato, shredded cabbage. I usually serve it with a yogurt chipotle sauce and guacamole -but you can let the kids add whatever condiments they like.
Tilapia, like other fish, tend to disintegrate into sauces and stews really easily and become undetectable for the most part. Perhaps adding tilapia to spaghetti sauce or your next stew or soup would be a good way to hide the fish into the food so the kids don't know what they're eating.
The chile lime tilapia is an excellent recipe, I agree! Excellent fresh flavors for little effort...the only hot fresh red peppers down here in our area of Florida are the habaneros so I use about 1/2 of one with the seeds...I know the original poster said she has children so that may not work but it's a great dish.
I always make tilapia "en papillote".
I lay it atop a bed of sliced onions, zucchini, red bell peppers, fennel... really, whatever I have on hand. Season liberally and add some fresh herbs, drizzle on a bit of olive oil and a tablespoon of wine (or you could use a flavorful vinegar or a squeeze of lemon).
Wrap it up in a piece of parchment, toss in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350* or so.
Do the breadcrumbs/broiler, but then put a mango and tomatoe salsa on it. If they like that, then try grilling it and serving with the salsa.
There are many recipes, but I like the sort of Mexican bent on it with cilantro or avocado. Dice up some fresh mango (never bottled), tomatoes (cherry or pearl are often more flavorful), green onion (not as strong as red or white), cilantro or avocado, and add a little bit of cayenne pepper and some salt. Mango is exotic, but I find adults and children both enjoy this unique salsa.
Or other sauces; cheese, alfredo, hollandaise.
You can also coat it with cheese powder and bake (you know, the stuff that some in the packets in Krafts Macaroni and Cheese? It's in the spice isle now in many grocery stores.) Or, coat with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing/dip mix.
And, consider pan baking it with some scallops with just butter and salt, maybe some garlic if you/they like it. The kids I know really like scallops. And, the combo seems gourmet to them. Add some sliced black olives for more color and texture.
And, what about tempura batter and fry? Serve with mild asian sweet and sour sauce.