Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adobo Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Mango salsa makes a great topping for fried, grilled or baked fish.  In this recipe Tilapia fillets are marinated in the Filipino adobo sauce (soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic) and baked in the oven.  The tilapia is then quickly broiled to give it a nice crisp texture.   The dish is then topped with a quick and easy mango salsa made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, lime juice and of course mangoes.

Servings: 2-3
Prep Time: 40 minutes with marination
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Soy Sauce
1/4 White Vinegar
1 Garlic Clove Minced
1 lb Tilapia fillets
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Large Mango
3 Plum Tomatoes chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion chopped
1 Jalapeño minced (optional)
3/4 Cup Cilantro chopped
Juice from one Lime

Combine the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic in a large bowl.  Place the Tilapia fillets in the soy sauce-vinegar mix to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.

Arrange one oven rack to the top row and a second rack to the middle row.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Take two 2 tablespoons of the olive oil-soy sauce-vinegar marinade and spread it over the aluminum foil.  Combine the cornstarch and baking powder seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper on a large plate.  Remove the tilapia from the marinade and lightly dredge each fillet in the cornstarch mix. Arrange the tilapia into a single row on the baking sheet and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the remaining marinade over the fish.  Place the baking sheet into the middle rack to cook for 15 minutes.  Then bring the oven to a broil, transfer the baking sheet to the top row and let cook for another 3-5 minutes to give the fillets some crisp.

While the Tilapia bakes, cut the mango into cubes.  See video below on how to cut mangoes.

Combine the chopped mango, tomatoes, onions, jalapeño pepper and cilantro in a large bowl.  Squirt the lime juice over the salsa and stir well to combine.

Remove the broiled tilapia from the oven.  Serve the fish topped with a little of the mango salsa and more on the side.  Enjoy.

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