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Quick Meals: Tilapia with Mango Salsa and White Rice

April 04 2011 - 12:56 PM

As winter is winding down and I notice my waistline expanding, I decided to try something healthy and refreshing.  On a whim, I went to Whole Foods, which had tilapia on sale for $7.99 a pound.  Though I am a big cod fan–I love the texture of this humble fish–tilapia is a firmer fish and will not break apart as easily. This recipe, for two people, took me around 30 minutes, roughly, including chopping.

To start, I bought the ingredients, which include:

Juice of two limes

Zest of two limes

Three peeled and coarsely chopped ripe yellow mangoes

2/3 of a large red onion, finely chopped

One serrano pepper, finely chopped, seeds included

1-1/2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt

1-1/2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped

3 tablespoons mint, finely chopped

One pound of tilapia

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. olive oil

1-1/2 cups of white rice

1. Combine the mangoes, onions, lemon zest, cilantro, mint, serrano pepper, and sea salt in a medium mixing bowl.  Add the lime juice and stir.

2. If you have a rice cooker, cook the white rice for roughly 20 minutes.  (If you don’t have a rice cooker, simply bring three cups water and one teaspoon salt to a boil and cook rice over medium-low heat for twenty minutes.)

3. Put the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.

4. Coat both sides of the tilapia generously with salt and pepper.

5. Add the fish to the pan, cooking roughly three minutes per side.

6. Once the rice and fish are complete, simply spoon the mango salsa over the fish and rice and serve.

–Brian Ziegler

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