Sweet Spicy Citrus Tilapia

I’ve gotten on a tilapia kick lately. It’s nice and light for summer, and it cooks super fast. Plus, since it doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own, you can dress it up a million different ways. Tilapia doesn’t quite have the health benefits of salmon – it’s not nearly as high in omega-3 fatty acids – but it’s still a good alternative to red meat. And great for summer!

This tasted nice and bright and was great with a simple green salad. The measurements are pretty forgiving, so feel free to adjust the quantities to your liking. I added a little more soy sauce and red pepper flakes to give it a bit more of a bite.

SWEET SPICY CITRUS TILAPIA (adapted from Cooking Light)

4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
Cooking spray
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
3 tbsp fresh lime juice (about 1 1/2 limes)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp paprika

  1. Arrange fish in shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle fish with paprika and broil 12-15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle sauce over fish.

This couldn’t be easier, especially since it can be made almost entirely with pantry staples. Great weeknight dinner for summer!

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