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!)
-One to two pieces of tilapia
-1 Lemon (cut into 4 slices)
-Crushed Red Pepper
-One Champagne Mango (diced)
-1/2 small red onion (diced)
-1/2 cup Blackberries, sliced in halves
-1/2 large cucumber (diced)
-Salt/Pepper to taste
-1 bunch Asparagus
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, heat grill.
- Rinse each piece of tilapia in cold water, pat dry with paper towl.
- Place each individual piece of fish in it’s own tin foil pocket.
- Brush each piece of fish with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
- Add crushed red pepper to the top (optional).
- Squeeze 2 slices of lemon on each piece, and leave the finished lemon in the packet with the fish.
- Close tin foil packets .
- Place on baking tray (if baking).
- Break off ends of all Asparagus, rinse.
- Line smaller baking tray with tin foil. Place asparagus flat on baking tray.
- 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).
- Place tilapia and asparagus trays in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Let fish bake for 20 minutes; remove asparagus tray from oven after 15 minutes.
- 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):
- Mix diced mango, blackberries, red onion, & cucumber in small bowl.
- Squeeze sliced limes over fruit mixture, until 1/2 inch of juice at bottom of bowl.
- Salt/Pepper to taste, and then stir mixture gently.
- Place atop fish once finished cooking.