Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pan Fried Tilapia with Mango Salsa

When it's hot weather out I want food that is light and refreshing... and this dinner was exactly that last night.

Plus it was delicious.
And super easy!!

Here's what you need:  Tilapa, cumin, ground coriander, salt, pepper, olive oil, mango, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice.

I started by making a simple mango salsa... I know there are great recipes out there probably better than this, but this complimented the fish so well, I didn't need anything fancier.

I started by chopping up a couple Roma tomatoes.

Roughly 1/3 cup red onion

1 whole mango, nice and ripe and sweet!

And a good handful of cilantro which I gave a rough chop.

Throw it all together in a bowl, give it a mix and smile at the pretty colors.

Then squirt in some lime juice and set the salsa aside in the fridge while you prep the fish.

Hello tilapia...

Start by seasoning the fish with salt & pepper.  Tilapia is very mild so don't be scared to season!!

Generously sprinkle on ground cumin.

And ground coriander on top of that.

Rub it in good with your fingers so the spices are evenly coated and repeat the seasoning steps on the other side.

In a skillet or large frying pan heat a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat and add your fish.  It should sizzle when it hits the pan.  Tilapia cooks very quickly so wait just 3 minutes and then flip them over.

The second side will probably take closer to 2 minutes to be done.  Check fish with a fork, if it flakes easily it's ready.

Serve up immediately and douse with a generous helping of your mango salsa.  The sweet fruit, the tangy onion mixed with the acidity of the tomato and lime juice compliment the richness of the fish beautifully ~ and it's just so pretty on your plate!

I served mine with some wild rice and asparagus and it was a hit with the whole family... including the 1 year old who kept signing "more, more" from his high chair and making "mmmmm mmmmm" noises.

Try this soon!!  You'll be glad you did!

Serves 4


4 Tilapia fillets
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Mango Salsa:
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, diced finely
1/4 cup cilantro, rough chopped
1-2 teaspoons lime juice

1.  Mix mango, tomato, red onion and cilantro together in a bowl.  Add lime juice, toss to combine.  Set aside.

2.  Season tilapia with salt & pepper, then rub in cumin and ground coriander evenly and liberally over fish on both sides.

3.  In a skillet or large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add fish and cook for 3 minutes.  Flip the fillets and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

4.  Serve the tilapia immediately and top with the mango salsa.


  1. Wow Kelly, that looks great. I was on my way to finding one of your salad recipes for a pot luck next week at work, but i think I'll try making & takingthe Mango Salsa with chips to work and leave some at home for the fish!

  2. Can't get over how amazing the photo's look ..and I was already sold on the mango salsa and Tilapia..makes me want to cook fish today.

  3. I know what you mean about the photos Carol. I just opened this again to make the salsa for work tomorrow and was noticing how easy the photos are to follow and see. Nicely done Kiwi-Kelly.