Tilapia with mango salsa, pineapple fried rice

tilapia with mango salsa

Mangoes and pineapples, two fruits I ate a lot as a kid, were on sale this week.  You can substitute frozen mango and pineapple chunks, but fresh is best!  I can peel, core, remove eyes, and cut up a pineapple in under two minutes.  Same with a mango. So going fresh for me only adds 4 minutes to preparing this dinner. 

Thai pineapple fried rice

  • 4 cups cold leftover cooked rice 
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • ¼ cup dried raisins
  • ½ cup cashews, toasted
  • Asian chile sauce (Sriracha) to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3  green onions, chopped
  • Chopped cilantro

Using your hands or a large wooden spoon, break up rice grains so there are no clumps.  Add pineapple to rice.  Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.  When oil is hot, add onions, garlic and red pepper.  Stir fry for about 1 minute.  Empty wok by turning contents into the rice.  Heat up 2 tsp of oil and scramble egg.  Add egg to the rice.  Heat up the remaining oil and add curry powder.  When curry powder smells cooked, add the rice mixture, broth, fish sauce and sugar.  Stir fry until rice is evenly colored.  Add peas, raisins and cashews and continue stir frying until peas are heated through.  Season to taste with sal, pepper and chile sauce.  Stir in green onions and cilantro just before serving.

 Tilapia with mango salsa

  • 4 Tilapia fillets, about 2/3 pound
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped green pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Asian chile sauce to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

 Marinate tilapia fillets in the marinade mixture (all ingredients before mango) for 30 minutes.  While fillets are marinating, prepare and mix remaining ingredients and set aside.  Broil fillets very close to the broiler for about 5 minutes.  Do not turn.  Put on plates and top with salsa,  Serve fried rice on the side.

Makes 2 servings tilapia and plenty of fried rice (leftovers for lunch the next day).

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