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Ranch-style tilapia recipe

Ranch dressing is a condiment consisting of buttermilk or sour cream, mayonnaise, minced green onion, garlic powder and various seasonings. It was invented by Steve Henson in Alaska, but didn’t become famous until Steve and Gayle Henson began serving it at their dude ranch in California during the 1950s. Today, you can purchase ready made Ranch dressing as well as dry dressing mixes that needs to be mixed with mayonnaise and buttermilk, just milk, or similar. Many companies now sell sauces and dressing mixes similar to Ranch dressing, but under other names such as “House Dressing” or “Buttermilk Dressing” to avoid trademark infringement. The brand Ranch Dressing is owned by Clorox.


  • 1 (1 ounce) package of dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Butter for greasing
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix dressing mix with oil in a shallow dish.
  3. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl.
  4. Coat the tilapia fillets with the oil paste before dredging them in bread crumbs.
  5. Use butter to coat a baking dish.
  6. Place the tilapia fillets in the baking dish and cook in the preheated oven until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork. This will normally take around 25-30 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil if the coating is at risk of becoming too dark before the fish is ready.

The fish can also be cooked in a skillet. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Place the tilapia fillets in the skillet and cook until they are golden brown and can be easily flaked with a fork. This will normally take around 5 minutes per side.