Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baked Tilapia and Mango Salsa: Good eating

Last night for food co-op (which I had completely spaced the night before when I said I would bring it - thanks, Lindsay for being so gracious!), I made one of my favorite recipes.  I got it from All Recipes a couple of years back and then customized it to our preferences.


Here's what you need.


2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil                          
2 tablespoons lemon juice            
2 tablespoons parsley                                  
2 cloves garlic, minced                            
2 teaspoons dried basil                              
2 teaspoons ground black pepper          
1 teaspoon salt
4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets

Whisk together the ingredients and pour into a resealable plastic bag or tub. Add the tilapia fillets, coat with the marinade and cover. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or longer if it is convenient).


For the mango salsa, you will need these ingredients.


2 large ripe mango, diced (I actually always use the frozen Dole mango and defrost it and food process it - it is really easy and tastes great!)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

I food process all of the solid ingredients to save time on chopping.


Then, add the lemon and lime juice - and salt and pepper it to taste.


Once you are ready to bake the tilapia, put it onto a cookie sheet covered in foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  I drizzle extra marinade on each filet for more flavor.


Bake, covered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


Then, uncover, and smother each filet with mango salsa.  Bake at 375 for another 5 minutes, leaving it all uncovered.


I usually serve this over a bed of rice, and last night I paired it with squash and zucchini that I sauteed with olive oil and Cavender's seasoning.  It feels so light and summery.  The mango salsa that is left over goes well with lot of other things, including chips, though I guess I think anything goes well with chips.  For dessert, I included Poppyseed Bread, which I have been steadily eating since then.  I think I will post that recipe later today, because it is so highly addictive (must be the opium . . .).


Erin said...

Looks and sounds delicious! I'll definitely be trying this. "Poppies..! POPPIEEEEES!!!!"

Kristin said...

Yummm. I need that opium, err, poppy seed recipe. Or maybe I'll just drop by for a slice!