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Real Food Dinner: Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Welcome to sunny Southern California, where I’m hosting the main course of our “real food” progressive dinner and a fantastic GIVEAWAY! (More on that in a moment…) I am so proud to be celebrating Food Revolution Day with some of my favorite bloggers: Brianne of Red, Round, or Green, Bettina of The Lunch Tray, Grace of Eat Dinner, Eila at The Full Plate Blog/Meals in a Snap! and Billy at Time at the Table. Even though we haven’t met in person (we live in different states scattered all across the country), we’ve bonded online over our mutual love of real food for families.

When I thought about what to make for our main course, my three priorities were fresh, healthy and quick. That’s right; quick. If you’ve spent the afternoon running your kids from baseball games to karate to swimming lessons, you don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen. That’s why I love the idea of putting fresh fish on the grill (cooks quickly) and chopping up a fresh, colorful salsa to go with it.

Note 1: For this dinner, I bought U.S. farmed tilapia, which is on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s green list.

Note 2: Need help cutting a mango? Remember to cut off two “cheeks” from the sides first, then cube the flesh and spoon it out of the skin.

Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

For the salsa:

2 large ripe mangos

1/2 large red onion

1 small bunch cilantro (about 20 stems)

1 medium lime

1 tablespoon olive oil

Dash of hot sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

For the fish:

1 pound tilapia filets, about 4 or 5

Juice of 1 large lime

2 tablespoons olive oil

Prepare the mangos by slicing off the “cheeks,” dicing the flesh, and peeling off the skin. Place the mango chunks in a large bowl. Finely chop the red onions and cilantro, add to the bowl. Squeeze the juice of the two limes and add to the mango mixture; stir in the olive oil. Add a dash of hot sauce if desired, plus salt and pepper to taste. When all of the ingredients are combined, set the bowl aside and let the mango salsa rest.

Place tilapia filets in a large bowl, add lime juice and olive oil and toss the filets gently to make sure they are well-coated. Brush the grill with oil and preheat the grill to 350 degrees. Place the filets on the grill and cook until you have nice grill marks and the fish is firm to the touch, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side (make sure that the grill stays as close as possible to 350 degrees). Remove from grill, serve garnished with mango salsa. Serves 4.

Photo via Cutco Cutlery

And now it’s time for…the GIVEAWAY!!! I had a chance to meet the Cutco Cutlery people at Camp Blogaway last month, and not only was I incredibly impressed with the knives, I loved their presentation, which focused on minimizing food waste (a cause near to my heart). These knives are made in the USA, and they come with a lifetime (“forever”) guarantee. If you hold one in your hand, you can feel how incredibly sturdy and well-balanced it is – and once you start using it, you won’t want to use any other knife.

Cutco, which supports cooking and families eating real food, has generously agreed to provide one 7 5/8″ Petite Chef’s Knife (retail value $114) to one lucky winner. To enter, please leave a comment below by 9:00 AM, Pacific Time, on Wednesday, May 23. The winner will be picked via random.org. Cutco will ship the knife directly to the winner. You must be 18 and a U.S. resident to enter and win.

Good luck, and happy Food Revolution Day!

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27 Responses to Real Food Dinner: Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

  1. Rebecca May 18, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Wow – I got some cutco knives from my mother’s estate and had no idea they had a lifetime guarantee. I will have to see if they can repair the sad paring knife I have! Thanks for sharing.

    • jollytomato May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      Yes – you can send it back to the factory at any time for refurbishment!

  2. eila @ the full late blog May 18, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    this progressive dinner party was so much fun! and i am so, so excited about your recipe for mango salsa. embarrassing but true, i had no idea how EASY it was to make. i often pick it up at Whole Foods and spend a small fortune on a tiny container…. next time I am making my own!

  3. Valentina May 18, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    what a beautiful photo of the knives with the fruit! love it! 🙂

    • jollytomato May 18, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      Aw, thanks, Valentina, but I can’t take credit – That photo’s from Cutco. Good one, though! : )

  4. Elena May 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I really need a good knife. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Laura May 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    wow, that salsa and fish plate looks so yummy! for sure going to try that at home 🙂

  6. Julie Ordonez May 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Oh. My! Looks amazing! Quick and easy recipes are so what I’m looking for!

  7. Adrienne May 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    the better the knife the better the chef! WOuld love to win this!

  8. Amelia @ Eating Made Easy May 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Happy Food Revolution Day too! Such an awesome food movement.

  9. Caryn B May 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    My husband makes a mango salsa for halibut and it’s delish! We’ll have to try your version!

  10. Megan Burton May 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Great site. I love the ideas for kids! As a mom who could happily live on nachos for the rest of my life, I’m always looking for good meals for my kids. Thanks!

  11. mariam May 20, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    wow! I am in desperate need of a good knife!

  12. E. Kalenowicz May 20, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Can’t wait to make this recipe. Jolly Tomato is a wonderful site for new moms as well as for seasoned cooks!

  13. George May 20, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    We have a small serrated Cutco knife I got back in 1992 and it’s still the sharpest knife in the drawer. Sharper than I am, that’s for sure!

  14. Danielle May 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I received a Cutco paring knife and ‘knife spatula’ as a wedding gift from my mom. I Use them all the time. She has a Cutco knife set, one of the handles got melted in the oven once (opps!!) she sent it back to the company and paid for shipping and they replaced it free!!

  15. Mom in NJ May 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    My mom has a full set of Cutco kinves that I salivate over. Would love my own…

  16. Brian D. May 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Have a Cutco serrated knife and a Cutco knife/spatula, and I love them both. Will be sure to use one of them to make this mango salsa!

  17. Nicole O May 21, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    The Tilapia sounds amazing! I have an aquaponics system where we grow our own tilapia and they are almost plate sized and ready to be enjoyed. We will try the mango salsa recipe for our first go and it would be great to have a sharp knife made in the US to use on our fish.

  18. Wilma May 21, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I love tilapia and look forward to a change in preparation! Thanks for sharing! Also, a cutco knife would make life easier in chopping for the mango salsa!

  19. Laura @ Family Spice May 21, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I love mango salsa with fish! We need to grill fish more often. This looks lovely – new camera, maybe???!!

  20. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious May 21, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Your salsa looks super delicious! I would love to win a new knife….

  21. Blogdad May 22, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Mango salsa is a wonderful accompaniment to fish. The pix make my mouth water! What’s for dinner?!

  22. Kimberly May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I love mango salsa! I wish I could convince my husband that fruits and meats CAN go together.

  23. Andrea May 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Can’t wait to make this mango salsa…with my new Cutco knife of course!

  24. yesica June 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Imade this mango salsa for my family and they ate all of it… i have a little one he is 2 years old and he ate every thing… i can say moms if ur children dont like fish try this mango salsa and they will not even noticed what they are eating…


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