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4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1/4 cup salsa)

Roasted potatoes go well with the fish. Toss 6 cups quartered red potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Arrange potato mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until tender, turning once. Toss potatoes with 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. Add steamed green beans to round out the plate.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare salsa, combine the first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Set aside.

Step 2

To prepare fish, combine flour and cornmeal in a shallow dish. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white in a shallow dish, stirring well. Sprinkle both sides of fish evenly with salt and chili powder. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip fish in egg mixture; dredge in flour mixture. Add fish to pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with salsa.

Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

January 06, 2015
Delicious, simple and quick. Served with suggested potatoes (equally so good) and steamed broccoli, topped with a little Parmesan. Purchased a tomatillo salsa, but forgot to use it; didn't miss it.

mollydollyk's Review

January 18, 2013

promogal's Review

September 12, 2011
Great taste & texture. I used bottled green salsa as I was in a time crunch - I've made it before with the homemade salsa & it's delicious. This is a keeper!

carolfitz's Review

November 01, 2010
Followed the magazine's speed-up suggestion & used Trader Joe's salsa verde. Nice, light fried fish. Served with black beans and chopped avocado, tomato, scallions, cilantro.

cathicooks's Review

April 03, 2009
I didn't use salt and added the chili powder (and quite a bit more of it than suggested) directly to the cornmeal/ flour combo. It makes for a spicier fish. I agree with others that it needs to cook longer than suggested. I didn't use the salsa. The fish is great all on its own. I served with sweet potatoes and wilted spinach, steamed in a lime, orange, and olive oil vinagrette. I would serve to company but I also make it every couple of weeks.

NHCnana's Review

March 26, 2009
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Has become a family favorite. It's also great for a dinner party....but you will have last minute cooking to do. The salsa is great with chicken and as a dip with chips

jennday1's Review

March 03, 2009
We fixed this and were not terribly impressed. The salsa was seriously lacking in flavor. The crust came off the fish too easily. For all the prep work, I expected more. Next time, we will use cornmeal w/black pepper for coating. I would add more garlic, lime juice and maybe a dash of habanero salsa for more taste. The roasted potatoes were a good complement as well as some steamed mixed veggies.

detailaddict's Review

February 22, 2009
I actually cut back on the amount of spices as they looked excessive, but will add the full amount next time. This is a good, simple tilapia recipe, although the prep time ran longer than expected. I served this with the recommended potatoes and green beans, and added a crisp, slightly sweet white wine. The salsa recipe makes a lot (especially as my husband does not eat salsa) but I've found that it comes in handy for other uses, such as the Smoky Slow Cooker Chili recipe in the same issue.

Ktrokey's Review

February 19, 2009
I can usually eat about 3 bites of fish, even tilapia and I am done for a couple of months. This recipe was so fantastic that I wanted 2nds! It takes a bit longer to cook the fish than stated though. Also, the salsa is great alone as well. We kept scooping it with chips and almost didn't have enough for dinner!

NorthshoreGal's Review

February 15, 2009
My husband is not fond of fish, but he liked this recipe. I'll certainly make it again and would consider serving it to guests. Maybe even my mother-in-law! I served it with green beans and sliced fresh fruit. Lemon meringue pie for dessert (so much for eating light!). Next time, I'll cut the amount of salsa in half. It tasted great, but made way too much.