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Cilantro-Chipotle Tilapia

1 Nov

Super easy and quick! (OK…most tilapia recipes are easy & quick, which is why I keep buying it…)

Serves 2.


2 tilapia filets
2 tb extra virgin olive oil
1 chipotle in adobo, diced (plus some of the sauce)
1 c cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tb water
1 ts cumin
1/2 ts each salt & pepper


1. Puree the chipotle, adobo sauce, cilantro, water, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste. Add more liquid if it’s not thin enough.
2. Crank up the broiler, with the oven rack about 4 inches from the heat.
3. On a foil-lined pan, pour half of the marinade over the tilapia. Flip the fish over carefully and pour the rest of the marinade.
4. Broil six to nine minutes, depending on the thickness of the filets. (You’re better to go shorter than longer in this case. Overcooked fish…yuck.)
5. Serve with Tropical Salad and rice.

Side note: the tilapia goes beautifully with coconut rice with a little cilantro stirred in at the end of the cooking process.


Sunday Dinners: Spice-Rubbed Tilapia with “Papango” Salsa

6 Sep

The first question I expect you’re asking is, “What the hell is papango salsa?” Good question. Glad you asked!
I found a recipe for tilapia with mango salsa and while it sounded delicious, I thought it could be even better with a little more sweetness from a papaya. Thus, papango salsa was born.

On with the recipe…

Serves 2.


2 tilapia filets
3 ts chili powder
3 ts cumin
2 ts oregano
1 ts kosher salt
1 ts pepper
2 ts olive oil
1 small mango, diced
1/2 papaya, diced
1/2 orange or red pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime (juice)
dash salt & pepper



1. Combine the mango, papaya, pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice salt & pepper and set aside for the flavors to mix. *Note: if you make the salsa more than an hour ahead of dinner, do not add the salt. It will pull out a lot of the moisture in the fruit and the salsa will be watery. Instead, add it before you start cooking the fish.


1. In a bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt & pepper. Taste and adjust to taste, if desired.
2. Coat the fish in the seasoning evenly. (A fork works really well for sprinkling the seasoning evenly if you don’t want to use your fingers.)
3.Heat up olive oil in a large pan to medium high.
4. Add the fish to the pan and cook for 3 minutes per side.
5. When the fish is cooked through, plate and top with salsa.

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