Sweet & Spicy Citrus Marinade

I don’t make seafood enough.  Call this my attempt to rectify that fact.  I make salmon a lot, but it’s normally broiled or grilled with the same spicy Asian teriyaki mix.  I’m over it.  It’s time for some change (cue Peter Brady… when it’s time to change you’ve got to rearrange!!!!) in my seafood repertoire; I’m going to put some Tilapia in the mix today.

I made this marinade the other day and used it with the Tilapia.  It turned out really well, and I would absolutely use it again!  The original recipe says it would be good on chicken, but I thought the citrus worked really well with the fish.  I think it would be really great on the grill in the summer!

Sweet & Spicy Citrus Marinade

Recipe from:  Cooking Light

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (1 Orange) 
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (2 Limes)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions:  For the Tilapia, I took 4 fillets and placed them in a cooking-spray coated pyrex dish.  Combine the marinade ingredients (except paprika) and pour over the fish.  Let sit for 15-20 minutes.  Broil in the oven for 15 minutes or until the fish is done.  Top with Paprika and some fresh Black Pepper.

Before

Before

and After!

and After!

Tilapia w/ Black Beans & Zucchini

My 2nd gym (Planet Fitness) is right next to a supermarket.  How convenient.

The other day after I worked out, I hurried over to purchase a few healthy snacks, some turkey for lunches, and dinner- as I was on my own for the night.  Passing the seafood area, I noticed how cheap Tilapia was!  I really have never made any type of fish except salmon, so I was super excited to try Tilapia out.

With a whole 1/2 lb of Tilapia only costing me 6 points, I was able to have some fun with it!

Tilapia w/ Black Beans & Zucchini

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook
Ingredients:
1/2 lb Tilapia (usually 2 pieces), rinsed and patted dry
Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, Minced, divided
Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1/2 can Black Beans
1 Zucchini
1/2 Onion
8 Green Beans
1 Tomato
2 Green Onions
Directions:
1.  Cut up all of the veggies.  In a large saucepan, heat just a little bit of olive oil (teaspoon?).  Add 1/4 teaspoon Garlic.  Saute for 30 seconds before adding the onion, zucchini, green beans, and green onions.  Stir around until the veggies become softer- I like to get it to the point where the zucchinis are browning just a little bit.
2.  Meanwhile, heat another teaspoon of Olive Oil in a separate pan over medium heat.  Season both sides of the Tilapia with Sea Salt, Pepper, and the other 1/4 teaspoon of Garlic (and a few shakes of Red Pepper Flakes if you’d like!).  Place the Tilapia gently in the pan over the oil.  Add the lime juice.  It only takes  about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Try to only flip it once to avoid it falling apart.
3.  When the veggies and fish are almost done, add the black beans and tomatoes into the veggie saucepan.  Stir to combine.  Serve together!

Here are my veggies sauteeing, before the beans and tom’s go in!

Delish Tilapia! I’d love to try this again.

This was really simple and completely thrown together last minute.  It worked out really well.  The simplicity was really nice, because you could really taste the flavors of the veggies and fish.  This would be really yummy too, if you’d add just a few shakes of Parmesan cheese ontop.

It was a nice change from my normal asian or cajun fish seasonings and marinades.