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Oven-roasted Tilapia with Fresh Tomato and Zucchini Pan Sauce


  • 1lb Tilapia fillets (~4)
  • 3 Pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 Zucchini, large cubes
  • 6 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • Red Pepper Flakes, a pinch goes a long way
  • 1/2C White wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1/4C Sherry Wine
  • 4T EV Olive Oil
  • 4T Roasted Garlic Butter
  • Basil, ~20 leaves, chopped
  • Parsley
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper

Printable Recipe

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, saute red pepper flakes and minced garlic in 2T olive oil until fragrant. Toss in the whole cherry tomatoes and cubed zucchini, toss to coat and sprinkle with s&p. Saute until tomatoes begin to soften, shrivel up, and release their juices – ~5 minutes. Zucchini will still be firm so cover and let steam for ~10mins until fork tender.

While zucchini steams, prep the fish. In an oven-safe skillet add remainder of oil to bottom. Place filets on top.  Add 4T of roasted garlic butter around the filets. Splash with 1/4C white wine. Sprinkle with s&p, chopped basil, and lemon zest. Roast in oven until edges start to turn opaque.

Back to the tomatoes – uncover, splash in the sherry and remainder of white wine and bring to a boil for a few minutes. Tear up the basil leaves, toss in and mix. Sauce should have thickened up a bit. Taste and adjust for s&p.

Remove fish from oven. Carefully remove fillets to a dish. Dump the tomato and zucchini sauce into the skillet and carefully place fillets on top. Pop skillet back in oven for ~10 minutes or until fish is uniformly white and flakes when plucked with a fork.

Serve fish atop rice (I like rice pilaf with this dish) with a heaping ladle of tomato and zucchini sauce. Finish off with a squirt of fresh lemon, parsley, basil, a light drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of fleur de sel if you have it, and a few twists of the pepper mill.

You’re gonna love this one.

Damn, it feels good to be back!

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Grilled Tilapia with Fresh Avocado Salsa

Call me the Colonel because I have a bangin’ original recipe for you. I’m talking lite, healthy, bursting with flavor, quick, easy, and sexy. I take a nice hunk of simply dressed tilapia and throw it on the grill for a few and dress it with a super flavorful avocado salsa. It screams fresh…throw this into a tortilla and hit it with some spice and call it a fish taco or do what I did and serve it with a side of warm grilled flat-bread. Money.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15mins
Cook time: 6mins

Get yourself:

  • 4 Fresh Tilapia filets
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato (you can use a beefsteak or a handful of cherry/grape)
  • .25 Red Onion, diced
  • .5 Lemon, juiced
  • 1.5T Red wine vinegar
  • 1t Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, small and diced fine or grated
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • .5t Kosher salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Printable Recipe

Get that avocado opened

…nice and easy when you drop the blade on the pit…

Let tilapia get to room temperature and brush some evoo on

Sprinkle with some kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper

Spray your grates with Pam or brush grates with evoo

Preheat your grill on medium

Salsa time!

…muy caliente..

Chop your avocado, tomato, red onion, garlic, and parsley and toss into a bowl

…nothing fancy a nice rough chop will do…

Add in your fresh squeezed lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

…mix it good…

…mix it real good…

Taste

Stomp your feet in a fit of joy

Throw the tilapia on the grill for a few minutes on each side

Fish is done when flesh is opaque and flaky

Careful when handling on grill…get a good spatula….

…it can easily go from…

“Oh my, look at that beautiful hunk of fish” to “OMG! I just smashed my fish into smithereens!

Hopefully your fish comes off in one piece…

Dress it up with a little of that delicious avocado salsa…

Break off a piece of that luscious warm grilled flat-bread…

…and EAT!

I will post a recipe for the flat-bread ASAP!