Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pineapple Mojito Tilapia

If you were wondering how I come up with recipes, here's a little window into how it happens...
Today I was on the eliptical at the gym reading the March issue of Coastal Living.
Looking at those gorgeous glossy images I started thinking about how I'm craving a trip back to Maui. And that got me thinking about pineapples. And then I started thinking about Mojitos. And there Pineapple Mojito Tilapia was conceived. On the eliptical. Thank you Coastal Living Magazine.

The great thing about this recipe is that it's almost mandatory you make yourself a pineapple mojito while you are cooking your fish. I can't remember where these mermaid thingies came from, but I love them.  Mom, where did you get them? Please leave a comment, Dear Mummy, because everyone is counting on you for their future happy hour success.


Pineapple Mojito Fish

Serves 4 

*My original plan was to use halibut, my favorite, but the halibut was $28 per pound and the tilapia was $6 per pound. Tilapia is a great healthy choice, as it's sustainably farmed without the use of hormones, but any nice white fish will do here. Sorry about this, but I enjoyed my mojito and didn't write down measurements; these are estimations. If something seems off, adjust. Have fun with it, it's not an exact science.

juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup finely diced pineapple, crushed from a can is okay too
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup rum
4 tilapia filets

for garnish
Pinch of Hawaiian black finishing salt (it really does make a difference!)
Fresh mint sprigs
chopped pineapple

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (190 degrees C).

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tilapia and marinate 15 minutes. Transfer fish to a baking dish and bake until cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with a pinch of black salt, a few fresh mint leaves, and more fresh chopped pineapple.

17 comments:

  1. Those mermaid thingies are so cute! I think it was Chad's in SB, when it was open, that always had fun drink thingies in their cocktails too. Miss that place!

    Such a pretty post, love all the bright colors! Like you, LOVE Halibut but have been buying Tilapia over it lately for the reasons you mention.

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  2. I heart Coastal Living and this recipe is AMAZING. I love Pineapple in recipes and am always looking to put it into everything I can. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Yum! My favorite fish is tilapia and I love finding new recipes for it. Pineapple and tilapia sound wonderful.

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  4. Oh I love that mermaid! Makes the drink more special, lovely and refreshing dish. Perks up the tastebuds I bet.

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  5. This sounds delicious! I'm bookmarking to try soon! YUM!

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  6. Sounds and looks delish! Tell you what...I will add you to our HALIBUT list! David went to Alaska and brought home pounds and pounds (seriously, had to buy a second freezer) of fresh caught halibut (which they clean, fillet and food save so freezer burn does not occur). I believe he is going again in June. We have halibut about twice a week and it tastes so fresh!

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  7. dearest Baby Mummy, naked cocktails? Banish the thought!
    I get the fun little mermaids & monkeys at Cost Plus...
    love, Mummy's Mummy

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  8. Looking at your blog..I wish I was half as creative as you! :)
    ~Adds

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  9. My son loves tilapia so I'll have to try this recipe sometime.

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  10. Hi Yummy Mummy, it's funny we have the same user name... I'm following you now, thanks for following me.. I hope this is a start of a good friendship over the net, yay! I have a food blog as well that you might want to check out. http://www.hotandcoldcravings.com. Thanks!

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  11. Wow, this looks so delicious! I love tilapia, but I have some cod in the freezer right now that is just begging to be used for this. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  12. MMMMMMMMMM now that looke deLIGHTfully wonderful

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  13. I have never met anything with a mojito in the title that I didn't like. Your fish looks rum-tastic!

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  14. thanks for stopping by Diaper Style Memoirs! love your blog! can't wait to see some more recipes! following you back

    Inessa
    www.diaperstylememoirs.blogspot.com

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  15. Very beautiful photos and detailed method!

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  16. This is going to be dinner on Sunday night--I can't wait. I too have been dreaming of Maui as I am simply tired of the rain here in Seattle.

    I love the new look here at your blog. I wish I knew how to get your button onto my blog.

    --Mari

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  17. YUM! This is going on the menu!

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