Tuesday, March 18

Spiced Rubbed Tilapia Fillets with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

When Mr.P calls me from Sam's or Costco, I know I'm in trouble. After 27 years of marriage, the reality that I'm in store for a couple of cases of any one product comes as no surprise to me. I must admit, after all of these years, I still get a little warm when he comes in with 24 bottles of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Nothing against Ray - but what am I going to do with 24 bottles of BBQ sauce and more importantly WHERE am I going to put them?? I have to take a deep breath and remind myself this is his left-brain, CPA, analytical-thinking mind kicking into to overdrive.

Last week he came in with a case of Tilapia. Yes I love Tilapia, but 48 fillets? I pulled out every fish recipe I could find and with my right-brain, I went to work.  I came across 11 recipes that I have used over the years, not to mention the ones I've saved and haven't yet tried. This is the first meal I made. I've cooked this before with salmon and it's delicious, but I think I like it better with the Tilapia. It's very mild in flavor and oh so fresh. The cinnamon gives this fish dish a little Jamaican jerk flavor - which we love.  It made me ready for the Spring and Summer to come. If you find yourself with an over abundance of fish, try this quick and easy recipe, it's a keeper! ENJOY!

Spiced Rubbed Tilapia Fillets with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
I have used this recipe with salmon as well - E LOVES SALMON - and it turned out delicious. 
I think the salsa would work well on chicken or pork tenderloins too.
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  • 1-1 1/4 pounds tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Strawberry Avocado Salsa
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons minced green onion
  • 2 Tablespoons snipped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • Rub the tilapia on both sides with the combined spices.
  • Broil 4 inches from heat for 4 minutes, turning once or until the fillets test done.
  • Combine ingredients for the salsa in a medium brown until well mixed.
  • Place tilapia on a serving platter; spoon the salsa over top, garnish and serve.

I bought these inexpensive white serving dishes at Walmart. I have a good selection that I used all of those years during food competitions. I think they still carry a line of white pieces that are great for Summer dining. 

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  1. I've never paired fish with cinnamon, but I'm intrigued! And that salsa looks amazing!

    1. The cinnamon is a nice change. The salsa is so good we have to make ourselves NOT eat it before the fish is ready to plate!

  2. Can't wait to try this recipe. I am always looking for something different to do with fish!!

  3. This looks wonderful! I can think of so many things you can do with the Strawberry Avocado Salsa! I will definitely try this this weekend!