How do you feel about tilapia? A lot of people think it’s boring. You know, it’s kinda colorless, it doesn’t have much of a taste. It doesn’t have a super distinctive flavor like salmon or tuna or mahi mahi. But I like it because it’s a perfect base for bold flavors. And sometimes you need a steady base, you know? Tilapia is like the comfy old couch at my mom’s house: reliable, comfortable, and always hits the spot.
Here’s a simple citrus marinade for tilapia. It’s a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Just whisk this up, marinate for at least 30 minutes and broil. You could even assemble the marinade before you leave for work or school or training or rehearsal or knitting class or whatever takes up your time when you’re not poring over HelloGiggles.
Citrus Tilapia with Corn & Bean Salad
total time: 45 minutes
total hands on time: about 10 minutes
What you’ll need:
For the marinade:
- 3/4 orange juice
- 1/8 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup canola or olive oil
- sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- sprinkle of garlic powder
- 2 tilapia filets
For the salad:
- 1 cup of beans of your choice
- 1 cup of corn
- about 2 tbsps green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- dollop of honey
- salt and pepper to taste
What you’ll do:
1. Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, 1/4 cup of oil, red pepper flakes and garlic powder.
2. Marinate the fish for at least 30 minutes; you can do this in a shallow dish, inside a sealed plastic bag or inside a roasting pan.
3. Once the fish is finished marinating, broil it for about 5-7 minutes on high. It took just about 5 minutes for me, but ovens vary.
4. While the fish is broiling, make the salad: combine all ingredients and toss!
Simple, simple, simple and steady. Bonus: this meal is healthy, too. You can add more seasonings or more vegetables to the salad; I’ve never cooked with jicama, but I’ve eaten it, and I think it would be delish in here. Tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, whatever. You can’t really mess this meal up.
You could jazz the fish up even more with a dollop of salsa on top or maybe even some grilled orange slices on the side (sadly, I don’t have a grill. I KNOW. I KNOW. Girl with a food blog doesn’t have a grill? Hopefully I can snag one before the hot weather truly hits!)