Fish is Delish…Serve it on a Dish: Sweet & Spicy Citrus Tilapia

Entree, Seafood, Weeone Approved | September 28, 2012 | By

When the weeone was a toddler and preschooler she would love nothing more than completely rocking out when we were in the car. Now, mind you, rocking out to her meant playing the CD given to us by my friend, Tina, who owns Arts Alive – an interactive arts learning concept for children. The disc was full of all sorts of music that was catchy and infective.

One particular song was uniquely infective – fish is delish, it went, serve it on a dish, if I could make a wish like this, I’d wish for fish. The song went on to sing about all the different ways to prepare and eat fish. The weeone would sing it at the top of her lungs in the car and then tool around the house later still singing away.

Turns out, that song does not subliminally make your child like fish. I know, right? It’s shocking. She’s a pretty openminded eater, but she would NOT touch fish. At least, not the swimmy sort – if it’s a crustacean, she’s all over it.

But when you are trying to eat a healthy diet, fish is an integral part. There are the benefits of fish oils, the fact that it’s a lower fat protein, etc. Everyone seems to always bestow the virtues of eating fish. The weeone was not impressed.

So you can imagine the face I was dealt when I announced the other day that we were having fish. I had carefully selected a recipe full of flavors I knew she liked – citrus and cumin both included. The recipe received high praise on the web so I went with my gut and pushed full steam ahead knowing it was a crapshoot.

Guess what? I think the lyrics of that song finally sunk in all these years later because not only did she eat it….she liked it AND came back for seconds!!! That’s like winning the mom lottery. She proclaimed fish with some sort of sauce or marinade to be acceptable in the future. Victory was mine.

The recipe I used was very simple and came from Cooking Light (I know, you’re shocked). It was quick and easy as well. This was a simple weeknight meal that I paired with Green & Yellow Salad. Overall a meal that I can be proud of ….fish and veggies.

Sweet & Spicy Citrus Tilapia
Nutritional Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1 fillet
  • Calories: 225
  • Fat: 6.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5g
  • Sugar: 486mg
  • Protein: 24.8g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
Recipe type: Entree, Seafood
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
Now What?
  1. Arrange fish in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Sprinkle fish with paprika; broil 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle sauce over fish.
*Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine


  1. Grudgejude
    September 28, 2012

    Looks delish…is tilapia a mild fish?

    • AGirlintheSouth
      September 28, 2012

      Yes! I think tilapia is likely one of mildest fish you’ll encounter on any given day in your typical grocery store.

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