Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
6 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 1/3 cup relish, and 1 lime wedge)

Jalapeño and coconut give the refreshing relish some heat and sweetness.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare relish, place cucumber in a colander; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss well. Drain 30 minutes. Rinse and drain; pat dry.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 3

Combine cucumber, chives, coconut, mint, cilantro, and jalapeño. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds; sauté 30 seconds or until seeds begin to pop. Add to cucumber mixture.

Step 4

To prepare fish, combine rind, 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, 1 teaspoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and crushed red pepper; rub evenly over cut sides of fillets. Sprinkle fillets with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper.

Step 5

Place fillets, skin sides down, on broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with relish and lime wedges.

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Ratings & Reviews

GillianWillis's Review

August 16, 2014
This looks like an older recipe, but I just found it. The whole family really liked it. I was a bit worried about putting two whole jalapenos in the relish but it didn't over power or over heat the relish. Everything was really balanced. Neither the mint, nor the cucumber, nor the coconut, nor the jalapeno was dominant. You got a bit of each in every bite. I baked versus broiled the fish and finished it with a quick broil. Will definitely make this dish again. In fact, I had some relish left over and am plotting some way to incorporate it into some other dish, maybe with some grilled chicken in a pita.

bubbles72855's Review

August 19, 2011

sbburris's Review

March 12, 2010
Pretty good recipe. As always, you spend an inordinate amount of time making the relish and the fish itself is a cinch. I'd definitely make this again, but I have a lot of other tilapia recipes I'm looking forward to sampling first.

NMarie's Review

January 10, 2010
I LOVE this recipe. The relish is great, as is the seasoning on the tilapia. I serve it with basmati rice.

haileej88's Review

June 14, 2009
I absolutely loved the relish part of the recipe. The fish was good as well but the relish really stood out for me. I served it with black beans on the side as well. My husband ate all of the fish so the next day for lunch I had black beans with the relish and that was delicious.

JessFerq's Review

February 04, 2009
I love this recipe. The relish is great on it's own.

Kimchi's Review

January 21, 2009
Wonderful! Will add this to my short list of go-to recipes.