Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grilled Tilapia and Mango Salsa

Hey Good Lookin' What's Cookin?!

I really enjoy cooking. however at this stage in my life, I am so busy with the girls that most days  its a great accomplishment if I manage to even get hamburger helper on the table! :)

So my husband has graciously stepped in and we have made dinner into a team effort. 

 The following is one of a handful of recipes that have become staples in our house.  Mostly because they are delicious, easy and call for ingredients that we usually have in our pantry/fridge anyway - so they can be done without much planning in advance.

The one I am sharing with you today is a perfect dinner dish for the summertime!  It is colorful, light, healthy and is great for those warm eat  "let's cook outside"  kinda' nights.  I discovered it on a couple of years ago and we have been making it ever since.

I apologize that I don't have a lovely picture of the finished product to entice your taste buds. Unfortunately,  I have never been one of those people who takes beautiful pictures of food.  Photography is not a talent I possess.  Besides, these days I am fortunate if I get to eat my food while it is hot, let alone take a photograph of it!  So please excuse the lack of visual inspiration, you will have to use your imagination.

Grilled Tilapia and Mango Salsa
You will need 4 tilapia fillets

Ingredients for the marinade
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

Ingredients for the salsa 
 (disclaimer - I have never actually made the salsa because we usually have the mango salsa from Costco on hand so we use that.  I may try the homemade salsa next time.  I  personally would probably add some cilantro to it though and sub some of the jalapenos for fresh tomatoes - I am not the biggest fan of jalapenos) 

2/3 cup chopped mango
2 tbs lime juice
4 tbs minced jalapeno pepper
4 tsp minced red onion
2 tsp minced red bell pepper
2 tsp minced green bell pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp ground black pepper

combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl - stir

put the fish fillets in a resealable plastic bag

pour the marinade mixture over the fish and let it marinate in the fridge for one hour.

while the fish is marinading, make the salsa by mixing all the salsa ingredients together in a bowl

 Let salsa mixture sit in the fridge for one hour to allow flavors to blend.

preheat grill to medium

remove fish fillets from the marinade and wrap them individually in tin foil

cook on the grill until the flesh flakes off easily with a fork (3-4 minutes on each side)

We have also broiled the fish instead of grill it and it is very tasty that way too. 
To Broil:
set oven to broil
place fish on pan
cook for 3-4 minutes
turn over cook for another 2-3 minutes
fish is done when the skin flakes off easily with a fork

we spoon the salsa over the fish and serve it on top of rice

that's it! easy peasy, and sooooo delish!

it also presents beautifully so it is great for entertaining!

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