Fresh pineapple chunks, now widely available in supermarkets, speed the prep for this relish. Serve with coconut rice (substitute light coconut milk for some of the water to cook it). Round out this tilapia dish with a romaine lettuce salad tossed with lime dressing.
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple chunks
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped plum tomato
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
4 lime wedges
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle fish evenly with spice mixture. Add fish to pan, and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
Combine pineapple and next 5 ingredients (through jalapeño) in a large bowl, stirring gently. Serve pineapple mixture with fish. Garnish with lime wedges.
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This is a perfect recipe, I wouldn't tweak a thing. It's fit for company but easy enough for family dinner. The spicy fish and sweet hot salsa play perfectly off each other. I am sensitive to heat so I was afraid between the cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning and jalapeno it would be too spicy, but it actually was perfect. The presentation is just as lovely as the flavor profile. The salsa makes a generous amount so you can enjoy it the next night with some grilled chicken, pork, fish--whatever you fancy.
Made this tonight, but tweaked the Tilapia. Instead of the Cajun seasoning, I used Kosher Salt, Course Ground Black Pepper, Coriander, and Ground Cumin and seared for a nice crust on the Tilapia. The Pineapple and Pepper Relish was out of this world! The use of the Cumin and Coriander lessened the sodium content. Made some coconut rice with this as well! Great recipe!
Hubby cooked fish while I made relish using mini food processor and it took us under 10 minutes start to finish with minimal clean up. On top of that it tasted MAGNIFICENT. Very happy, will definately use over and over for quick weeknight meal. I didn't have rice vinegar so I just used 1T red wine vinegar. Used a lot more Cilantro just cause I had a ton in the garden,but that only made it better!
Just needed to be more aware of the sodium content of the cajun spices I bought... it was a bit too salty for my taste but the relish was delicious. I also had an arugula salad with lime juice, crispy bacon with rosemary, tossed with some pumpkin seeds I had in the pantry. It was a great smoky flavored salad that went well with the sweet and spicy flavors of the relish and tilapia. I also cooked my whole grain rice with low sodium chicken stock and a splash of lime to brighten up the taste. I cooked this dinner for my brother's birthday and everyone was raving about how delicious it all was. :)