Grilled Tilapia with Avocado Salsa

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I made this dish a few weeks ago, and it was so easy and so delish! Perfect for an (almost) summer evening enjoying a crisp glass of white wine on the deck.

I have been trying out some new fish recipes lately and am finding them to be so easy and so flavorful. Who knew making fish could be so easy? I was a little intimidated by it at first, but am finding with the right marinade, fish can be super easy to make. And super healthy!

This dish has all sorts of health benefits with the addition of black beans for extra protein, and good Omega fats from the avadaco. It's definitly one we will be making again and again! You can serve it over a bed of rice, or even quinoa for something a little different.

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Grilled Tilapia with Avocado Salsa
Inspiration from Carolina Charm
Ingredients:
1 lb tilapia
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup rice
1 can black beans {15 oz}
1 can corn {11 oz}

Avocado salsa
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
Juice from 2 limes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Directions: 
1. Prepare rice as directed and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, onion powder and black pepper together, rub the tilapia fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
3. Meanwhile, combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use. 
4. In a medium sauce pan, combine black beans and corn. Heat over medium. 
5. Place the tilapia in a greased baking dish, and bake at 350 for about 25 mins. 
6. When the tilapia is done, on a bed of rice, layer the corn and bean mix, then a piece of the tilapia, then top with the avocado salsa. 

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This dish goes really well with a crisp white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio. There is a little bit of heat to the fish, depending on how much chili pepper you use. You can always add or substract to your tastes. I didn't think that this was too hot for me, but I can usually handle medium heat.

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What types of fish recipes do you like? I just made a really awesome maple glaze fish dish that I got from Allie a few weeks back that was wonderful and I saw one with brown sugar and maple syrup the other day that I just need to try as well! If you have any recipes that I just need to try, please share!

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