Saturday, April 26, 2014

Seared Tilapia with Watermelon Salsa

Seared Tilapia with Watermelon Salsa

Last week when we were shopping at Whole Foods they were handing out samples of a seared halibut with watermelon salsa.  Jeremy and I both loved it so I decided to recreate the dish at home with some tilapia that I needed to use up.  This dish is light and refreshing, just the way a summer dinner should be. 

-4 Tbsp olive oil
-4 fillets tilapia
-salt and pepper

Watermelon Salsa
-2 c watermelon, diced
-1/8 c lime juice
-1 Tbsp honey or sugar
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
-1/4 red onion, diced
-any combination of the following herbs; cilantro, mint, and/ or basil

At least 2 hours before dinner assemble salsa; Whisk together lime juice, honey or sugar and salt.  Toss with remaining ingredients.  Chill at least 2 hours prior to serving.

Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper.  Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add fish (I can cook 3 fillets at a time in my pan, cook however many at a time you can fit without them overlapping) and cook until the top is just barely still raw (2-4 minutes), flip and cook on the second side until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily (about 2 minutes).  Repeat with remaining oil and tilapia fillets.  Spoon salsa on top of fish and serve immediately.

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