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Scampi Tilapia – $5 Dinner Challenge

I dug some tilapia fillets out of the freezer. I bounced out to the garden to pick some fresh parsley from the garden, thinking I was going to do the same old Lemon-Dill Tilapia thing (that’s my fall back for when I’m feeling uninspired)…but of course, I opened the fridge to grab the lemon juice…and the garlic bulb practically jumped off the shelf!

Parsley, lemon juice, garlic…Scampi, of course!

Snatched the butter (dairy-free margarine, really) and off I went to make a little something to pour atop the tilapia fillets.

Ended up being fairly simple. And oh my heavens, tasty too!

Scampi Tilapia

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 15-20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice ($.60)
  • 12 oz. bag frozen tilapia fillets ($2.99)
  • 1/4 cup butter/margarine ($.25)
  • 3 large garlic cloves ($.15)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice ($.05)
  • Fresh parsley from the garden
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 oz. bag of peas ($.88)


  • Cook the brown rice as directed on package.
  • Put the tilapia fillets into a greased, glass baking dish.

  • Melt the butter/margarine.

  • Crush the garlic and add to the melted butter with the lemon juice and chopped parsley.

  • Pour over the fillets. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until fish is white and flaky in the middle. (Be warned…your house will smell uh-mazing while the scampi tilapia is baking!)
  • Cook the peas as directed on package.
  • Serve Scampi Tilapia Fillets with Brown Rice and Peas.

Cost $4.92