1/3 cup olive oil - divided
3 slices whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp. finely minced garlic
1 tsp. italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
4 firm mild white fish fillets (Cod, Sea Trout, Tilapia or Flounder)
1/2 cup seeded and chopped roma tomatoes
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9 inch pan with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Chop bread to form bread crumbs. Saute crumbs in remaining olive oil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they begin to brown. Stir in garlic and italian seasoning. Cook and stir until golden brown. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
Pat fish fillets dry and place skin side down in the prepared pan. Season fish with salt and pepper. Combine tomatoes and bread crumbs and cover top of fillets with the mixture. Sprinkle with lemon juice and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until fish flakes easily. Top with fresh basil.
Capt. Dick May is the owner of Easy Rider Charters in Bokeelia. He can be reached at 283-3247 or easyridercharters.com. Capt. Dick's Florida Gulf Coast Seafood and Much More (cookbook) $11.50 plus $2.50 postage can be ordered by calling the number above or by mailing to 7989 Judge Bean Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922. Make checks payable to Dick May.