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Tilapia with Rainbow Mango Salsa: Perfect Weeknight Meal

Today, I am sharing our favorite weeknight meal, we make it a handful of times per month: Tilapia with Rainbow Mango Salsa.

A favorite for the kids, and the adults, our absolute most fave, enjoy!

It’s simple to make, sweet, filling, healthy and it smells incredible.  It feels like a tropical vacation meal, like you are suddenly in a warm place, shaded by banana tress near a quiet ocean with the faint hum of lively bugs in the back ground, even if you aren’t there in person 🙂

Start with these 5 fresh plant ingredients:


-2 limes, chopped

-2 large mangos, chopped

-1/4 red onion chopped

-1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

-1 red pepper, chopped


My children are little mango monsters.  We have one tiny baby mango tree, and when we first planted it in the soil, they looked at it longingly, excited, “It will take a long time,” we told them.  We sometimes see the boys crouching by it with their small, plastic watering cans, urging it to grow and flourish with their offerings of care.

How do you cut your mangos?  When we learned the cross-hatch and pop-out method, we have never looked back.




After you combine those first five ingredients, it will look like this 🙂 🙂 🙂

I wish you could breath it in.  I remember the first time I made this, I wasn’t expecting it, nothing I had ever made has smelled this good, even when it was coated in some bottled, sticky sauce made of fake ingredients.



Refrigerate and let chill as you preheat the oven for the fish, @425.

As the oven preheats, put your fish on the baking sheet, we LOVE our Silpat so we don’t use aluminum foils and it makes all food come out fantastic, you can reuse it thousands of times.  We lightly oil the fish and sprinkle a little  salt, then bake the fish for 20 minutes.  We typically use tilapia, we like the mild flavors, but it’s also the least expensive fish at our store, which fits our family of 5.  But the fish of choice that you like will do, this salsa will enhance any type.

When the fish is done, serve with the mango salsa and your favorite sides.  It will be beautiful.  You will find rows of fingertips along your countertop trying to catch a peek at what they smell.


It’s a good time to get kids to help set the table, even little tiny ones can help with napkins, well, if you don’t mind them wrinkled, which we don’t ; )

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As your kids dive into this meal, and your and your husband enjoy, just remember how healthy each bite is, and that in one meal, they are getting all the food groups, alive in flavor.


And they will love it!



If you try it, let us know!  You may have all the salsa ingredients already.  What’s your favorite kind of fish to cook with?  Are your kiddos mango kids?  What is your favorite weeknight meal?  If you make this, you may want to then travel to Costa Rica 😉

ENJOY!  xoxo


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  • ann July 28, 2014, 3:07 pm

    Ohhhh!! Yum!! You cut the lime..?? Or squeeze it?? PLEASE share your mango cutting secret!!

    • tinyteam August 25, 2014, 9:41 pm

      Oh yes, cut the lime in half, and squeeze out all the juice over the mango concoction!

  • Lisa August 5, 2014, 4:52 pm

    I read your blog regularly (we have a son from RU that came home about 2 months after your children, if I recall correctly). I decided to make this tonight and it was SO GOOD!! We ate a lot of the salsa with tortilla chips before the fish was even done baking. My husband had 3 servings of fish and salsa! My kids were so-so about the salsa, but they are not pepper or onion kids and 2/3 of them dislike mangos. 😉 It will definitely be prepared here again though ~ thanks for posting the recipe.

    • tinyteam August 25, 2014, 9:42 pm

      Oh I am so glad you liked it! 🙂 Makes my day!

  • Alicia August 21, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Just made this for dinner last night. It was so yummy! We grilled the tilapia and served with brown rice and super easy cuban black beans. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • tinyteam August 25, 2014, 9:42 pm

      oooo, yum. Love cuban black beans.

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