Mango Salsa with a kick & Grilled Tilapia

Mango salsa with fish got pretty popular a couple of years ago; I think a few chain restaurants even picked it up (Friday’s, Ruby Tuesday), but mine is better. 0:)  This version is a variation of a recipe I found at Men’s Health.. okay, okay.. its pretty much the same recipe except I added jalapeño and prefer red onion.  Men’s Health actually has some pretty decent recipes because men like simple, flavorful food or something.  Us women, we just want kale. Kidding.


It is kind of tedious to chop all of those fruits and veggies, but it’s so worth the effort.  The recipe makes quite a bit of salsa–maybe 1 1/2 cups–and the leftovers stay good in the fridge for a couple days.  If you aren’t a fish person, the salsa also goes great with tortilla chips, in a salad, or over beans & rice.


It’s okay if you want to use one of the lime wedges for your corona. :)

I like to grill the fish because it requires less oil.  If you don’t want to mess with an outdoor grill a grill pan works great too.


Even if you don’t think jalapeño is hot, when you add it to this combination of ingredients it certainly turns up the heat.  If you aren’t a big fan of spicy I’d recommend omitting the jalapeño or only using half the amount.  Also be sure to wear gloves when dicing a jalapeño (as opposed to just slicing it).  I’ve made the mistake of thinking “oh I’ve cut jalapeño before I don’t need gloves!” and then I ended up with burning fingertips the rest of the night. Not fun!

Blackened Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Blackened Fish with Mango Salsa

Serves 3-4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Mango salsa with a little kick.



  • 1 chopped mango
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • salt & pepper


  • 1lb tilapia or other whitefish
  • blackened seasoning


1. Heat grill over medium-high heat.
2. Chop up salsa ingredients and combine in a medium-large bowl. Squeeze in lime juice and add in a few shakes of salt and pepper. Mix carefully, especially if avocado is soft.
3. Rub tilapia with blackening seasoning and cook on grill, a few minutes each side until fish is cooked through. (it will be flaky and fall apart easily).
4. Add fish to serving plates and top with spoonfuls of salsa.

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