Chili-Lime Marinated Tillapia

Today was an exceptionally great day at the gym – it was empty, like became completely empty and I was the only person there so I stayed for two and a half hours. There are these really really irritating people who frequent the gym, including this woman who uses the place to train people and takes up half the place and is loud. But mostly takes up half the place and all the mat area and it is really annoying. This may seem like an odd complaint, but this is not a public gym, it is for the people who live in the co-op and there is a small additional fee to use. It bugs me that someone wants to use it as her personal office for her business.

Anyhoo, this tillapia can be used a multitude of ways – fish tacos, plain, maybe with some scallion -pea and lemon zested rice, or on sandwiches. I am doing the latter, since the husband wanted to grill it if we were going to have the fish tacos and it was kinda cold today and we haven`t used our grill yet and no clue if there is propane left in the tank from the summer so I nixed it. It`s super fast and easy.



What I Used:

2 Tillapia Fillets

1 Small Tomatillo Diced Fine

2 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced

1 Chipotle Chili in Adobo, Diced Fine

The Juice of 1 Lime

Spanish Smoked Hot Paprika,Sea Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chili Powder

Olive Oil

What I Did:

Put the diced tomatillo, garlic, chipotle, and line juice in a 9 x 13 pan, or whatever vessel you want to use to marinate in.20120318-203658.jpg

Stir it and lay the tillapia fillets over the top.


Season with the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper. Drizzle with a scant amount of olive oil.


Flip over and repeat, pressing the fish into the marinade on the bottom. Cover with cling and set aside for about 20 minutes.

Ready to cook it? Heat a large saute pan on medium heat and add olive oil – about a tablespoon or so. When it is shimmering, add the fish and the marinade and cook about 4 minute per side until done.



Serve how you wish, like I said, I did sandwiches and used some tomato-guacamole I made, cillantro, and mixed greens as garnish.

Plate It.

Eat It.







7 Comments on “Chili-Lime Marinated Tillapia”

  1. trialsinfood says:

    This looks yummy. I never know how to cook fish so I’m always on the look-out for new recipes.

  2. Reblogged this on livindolcevita and commented:
    Would be very delicious right now.

  3. Karen says:

    Your fish sandwiches sound great. I just made fish tacos and will try marinating the fish the next time. I used a rub as I was sautéing the fish to get some crispy edges.

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