Tilapia is a very mild and versatile fish and it can be made several different ways. Since spring is here I decided to make a tropical version of the fish using all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies. This is really quite healthy as well. So put on a little Calypso music and imagine that you are on Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas soaking up the sun with a nice tropical drink in your hand. Maybe a Mojito or a Margarita?
Tropical Tilapia with a Banana Salsa
For the Tilapia
4 Tilapia filets
2 tbsp. light olive oil or canola oil
2 tbsp. grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
salt and pepper to taste
For the Salsa
3 bananas peeled and diced into medium chunks
2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1/4 cup red or orange pepper, diced
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced into medium chunks
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 lime zested and juiced
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro plus more for garnish
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (200 degrees Celsius)
In a small bowl combine the oil, orange zest, orange juice, salt and pepper. Rinse the fish fillets and place them into a ziploc bag and pour the marinade over them. Marinate in the refrigerator for no longer than 20 minutes otherwise the fish will start to cook from the acid of the orange juice.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven until fish can be flaked with a fork.
While the fish cooks, combine the ingredients for the salsa in a glass bowl. Mix all the ingredients and set aside until the fish has finished cooking. It can also be made ahead of time. When the fish is done place the fish on a platter and spoon the salsa over them to serve. Garnish with cilantro.