Cajun Tilapia with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
with green beans / side salad
Searing cherry tomatoes until they blacken and burst concentrates their flavor. It makes a great topping for Cajun-seasoned fish in this quick stove top meal.
- Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups, halved
- Tilapia - 4 filets (sub any white fish)
- Cajun seasoning - 4 tsp
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Jalapenos - 1/4, chopped
- Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves torn and chopped
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Lime juice - 2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Honey - 1/4 tsp
- Cucumbers - 8 oz, chopped
- Mixed greens - 5 oz
- Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
- Make cilantro lime vinaigrette - (Double if making Thursday's meal.) Roughly chop jalapenos (you can skip these or use just a small amount if you prefer less spice), cilantro and garlic. Combine with olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, mustard and honey. Blend with an immersion blender. Taste and season with some salt.(Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Green beans - Trim green beans. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Limes / Tomatoes / Cucumbers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Tilapia - Rinse tilapia and pat dry. Season with Cajun seasoning and some salt (if salt is an ingredient in your Cajun seasoning, go easy on adding additional salt).
- Heat a large saute pan with over medium-high heat. Add butter and then tilapia to melted butter. Sear on both sides until fish is cooked through and flakes easily, 3 to 5 minutes total. Set tilapia aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Return pan to burner and increase to high heat. Add cooking oil and then green beans. Saute until beans are tender and starting to turn golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes with some salt and saute until tomatoes soften, 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Toss greens, cucumbers and pepitas with vinaigrette.
- Serve tilapia with green beans and tomatoes. Add lime wedges on the side to be squeezed over the top of both. Enjoy with salad on the side.
Spectacular. Easily one of our favorites. So easy...so fast. A perfect weeknight meal.0 Helpful
Absolutely wonderful and not too much prep involved! Squeezing the lime wedges at the end makes a big difference.0 Helpful
We don’t like jalapeño or cilantro, so added some lime zest to the sauce to brighten it up. Baked the tilapia since I had frozen fillets.0 Helpful
One of our favorite dishes!! Added a side salad and we were set! Will surely make again!0 Helpful
Simple and delicious marinara. Added extra cherry tomatoes because I had them. Would do half the garlic in the dressing. Maybe I accidentally doubled it? Was super duper garlic-y.0 Helpful
substituted chicken, it was great!0 Helpful