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Cajun Tilapia with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
with green beans / side salad

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
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.


Cajun Tilapia:
  • 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
Mixed Greens Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette:
  • Jalapenos - 1/4 , chopped
  • Cilantro leaves - 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


  1. 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)
  2. Green beans - Trim green beans. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Limes / Tomatoes / Cucumbers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. 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).

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Toss greens, cucumbers and pepitas with vinaigrette.
  4. 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.



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