In The Kitchen

Spring is Here! Tilapia with Mango & Blackberry Salsa, Side of Asparagus

Blogging weekly is a challenge! So after skipping a week, here is my second post.

This week’s main course: Tilapia.

It’s one of my favorite fish to cook–it’s great on a budget (my fish, 1 serving, was $3.57 at Whole Foods) and it’s simple to cook! Also since it’s a more basic, healthy white & flaky fish, it allows for a ton of creativity as far as how to flavor it.

Simple, you say? I know there’s a lot of controversy about how to cook this fish. After some trial and error, I have actually found a tried and true method for cooking it, while maintaining a moist, light texture and mild flavor: individually wrap each fish in a tin foil packet (letting it soak in the juices you flavor it with), and cook it in the oven or grill it! This recipe will make for a great spring/summer dinner– it’s light & healthy, and relatively fast.

*Coming soon: Tilapia topped with my mom’s homemade red salsa*




Tilapia with Mango & Blackberry Salsa, with Grilled Asparagus

Serves 1 (or 2!)



-Tin Foil

-One to two pieces of tilapia

-1 Lemon (cut into 4 slices)

-Crushed Red Pepper



-Olive Oil

Mango Salsa:

-One Champagne Mango (diced)

-1/2 small red onion (diced)

-1/2 cup Blackberries, sliced in halves

-1/2 large cucumber (diced)

-1 Lime


-Salt/Pepper to taste


-1 bunch Asparagus



-Olive Oil


Tilapia Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, heat grill.
  2. Rinse each piece of tilapia in cold water, pat dry with paper towl.
  3. Place each individual piece of fish in it’s own tin foil pocket.
  4. Brush each piece of fish with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add crushed red pepper to the top (optional).
  6. Squeeze 2 slices of lemon on each piece, and leave the finished lemon in the packet with the fish.
  7. Close tin foil packets .
  8. Place on baking tray (if baking).

Asparagus Preparation

  1. Break off ends of all Asparagus, rinse.
  2. Line smaller baking tray with tin foil. Place asparagus flat on baking tray.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper.

Baking Tilapia & Asparagus

(**Alternatively, you can grill the packets for ~5-7 minutes. You can also grill the asparagus until slightly brown).

  1. Place tilapia and asparagus trays in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Let fish bake for 20 minutes; remove asparagus tray from oven after 15 minutes.
  3. Be careful when opening tin foil packet. Fish should be white and flaky when you take it out–open each packet slightly and use a fork to check the center of the fish. If it doesn’t seem flaky, put back in for ~2 minutes.

Mango & Blackberry Salsa (for top of fish):

  1. Mix diced mango, blackberries, red onion, & cucumber in small bowl.
  2. Squeeze sliced limes over fruit mixture, until 1/2 inch of juice at bottom of bowl.
  3. Salt/Pepper to taste, and then stir mixture gently.
  4. Place atop fish once finished cooking.






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