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Orange Tilapia in Parchment

Sweet orange juice and spicy cayenne pepper give this no-fuss dish fabulous flavor. A bonus? Cleanup is a breeze! —Tiffany Diebold, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrot
  • 1/2 cup julienned zucchini


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl, combine first 5 ingredients; set aside. Cut parchment or heavy-duty foil into four 18x12-in. lengths; place a fish fillet on each. Top with carrot and zucchini; drizzle with orange juice mixture.
  • Fold parchment over fish. Working from bottom inside corner, fold up about 3/4 in. of the paper and crimp both layers to seal. Repeat, folding edges up and crimping, until a half-moon-shaped packet is formed. Repeat for remaining packets. Place on baking sheets.
  • Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, 12-15 minutes. Open packets carefully to allow steam to escape.
Nutrition Facts
1 packet: 158 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.
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  • angcy
    May 19, 2012

    This recipe is too bland for our family. I will use this recipe again because the flavor of the fish is good, but I will also make a side serving of sweet and sour sauce to go with it and serve it with rice.

  • JennyLinnW
    Dec 21, 2010

    Made per recipe = FABULOUS. Wouldn't change a thing.

  • Rosik
    Aug 29, 2010

    Just received recipe. Sounds like a fantastic recipe. Will definitely make this many times if this works out very tasty.

  • Rosik
    Aug 29, 2010

    Just received recipe. Will try it first.

  • emoney1001
    Aug 3, 2010

    No comment left

  • dboat
    Apr 17, 2010

    I loved it just as the recipe is written. Then I tried it again, substituting 1/2 lemon juice/1/2 dry white wine for the orange juice, dill weed for the cayenne pepper, and lemon peel for the orange peel. Also delicious. I can imagine many variations on this basic technique.

  • sn00py1
    Mar 6, 2010

    This was very good. I used broccoli in place of the zucchini. My husband said this is a keeper.

  • pattyberg
    Feb 11, 2010

    This is a great recipe!

  • acarcone
    Feb 10, 2010

    Delicious & filling. My husband loved the kick the pepper gives it. I was out of oranges so I used grapefruit peel instead.

  • txoldham
    Jan 23, 2010

    Very good. Next time I think I will add a little more cayenne pepper. I might add some small pieces of potato.