Tilapia with Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa 2

Fruit salsas are, in my opinion, one of the greatest inventions of the modern world. The combination of sweet and spicy is as good as it gets. Depending on what you use, it can go on anything, even ice cream. Fruit salsa on fish is my favorite way to serve it, so today we will make tilapia with watermelon salsa.

Whenever I do fish and a fruit salsa, I prepare the fish very simply. For tilapia, the only real trick is to make sure the pan is super hot. Since tilapia is so thin and will completely fall apart if you overcook it, you want to cook it quickly on high heat.

For the salsa, you can do almost anything. Tropical fruit, melons, berries, or citrus are all amazing. Each one has its own little tricks, but generally speaking, add some lime, cilantro, onions, and peppers, and it should be amazing.

I served this dish with black japonica rice and a small side salad.

This will make enough for 2 with a little salsa left over.


1 ½ c watermelon, cut into ½ inch cubes

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

½ jalapeno pepper, diced

1 Tbsp lime (juice of 1 small lime)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cumin

1 Tbsp feta cheese (optiona)

2-4 pieces tilapia (about 6oz per person)


1)      In a medium bowl, combine all the salsa ingredients (everything but the fish and cheese).

2)      Toss together and taste; if it needs to be sweeter, add 1 tsp sugar.

3)      Let the salsa sit while you prepare the fish.

4)      Heat a pan very hot.

5)      Sprinkle the tilapia with a pinch of cumin, salt and pepper.

6)      Add a dash of oil to the pan.

7)      Quickly sauté the tilapia, about 1-1 ½ minutes per side until desired doneness.

8)      Remove the tilapia from the heat and top with the salsa and cheese.

9)      Serve and Enjoy!

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