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Blackened Tilapia with Mango Salsa

photo: pennyrounds.com

This fish recipe makes a great weeknight meal or a beautiful first course. The blackened fish with the colorful mango salsa are very attractive on a white plate and the flavors are a perfect contrast of sweet and spicy.

1/4 cup sweet paprika
2 tablespoons ground thyme
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, melted
4 (10-ounce or 4 ounce for appetizer size) tilapia fillets
Mango Salsa, recipe follows

Heat a cast-iron skillet or a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot.
In a shallow dish, combine the paprika, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper.
Pour the melted butter in another shallow dish.

Dip the fish fillets in the melted margarine, then coat with the seasoning mixture. Cook the prepared fish, in batches if necessary, until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the mango salsa.

Mango Salsa:
2 mangos, peeled and diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1 small orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lime, juiced

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

Enjoyed this blackened tilapia recipe? Try another of our great mango fish recipes [1].