New Recipe: Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

When I saw that tilapia was on sale at The Teet for $3.99 a pound, I knew I had to have it. We’ve had a major heat wave here in DC, so I wanted to come up with a dish that was light enough that it could be enjoyed outside out on my balcony, and these fish tacos did the trick!

The fish tacos were substantial enough to keep me full, but light enough to be enjoyed in the heat. The worked perfectly with the pineapple salsa and crunchy broccoli slaw in lime juice, and looking at these pictures makes me want to eat them again now! Fruit salsas are one of my favorite things to whip up in warmer weather because they are loaded with flavor, but so good for you and versatile.

Delicious, simple, and cheap? Yes, please!

Pineapple Salsa


  • 1/4 of a large pineapple, diced small (substitute mango, kiwi, strawberry, or anything you can think of!)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/4 red onion, diced small
  • handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • juice of 1 lime


1. Add first four ingredients to a bowl.

2. Stir to combine, then squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix until combined.

Colorful, delicious, and super versatile. You can use this on chicken, pork, black beans, a salad, with chips, fajitas… you name it.

Fish Tacos


  • 3/4 pound tilapia
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • zest of 1 lime
  • salt + pepper to taste

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, before getting your breading ready to go. Beat the egg in one bowl, and then add the panko crumbs and seasoning to another bowl.

For the panko crumbs, add salt, pepper, and the zest of one lime (perhaps the lime you use in the salsa above! make sure you zest it BEFORE you juice it though). The lime zest gives it more color than flavor, so you can add some lemon zest too if you want it citrusy.

Once those are ready to go, cut the tilapia up into similarly sized pieces as best you can.

I know some people say to do each piece one at a time, but I just put all of the tilapia pieces into the egg bowl and mixed it around until they were evenly coated and it worked perfectly.

When doing any breading like this, it’s really good to have one hand designated your “wet hand” and one designated your “dry hand.” So, one by one, use your wet hand to pick up a piece of tilapia from the egg bowl and drop it into the breadcrumbs. Then switch to your dry hand to sprinkle the bread crumbs over the tilapia and make sure its coated, and then use that same dry hand to move the coated piece onto a greased baking sheet.

Make sense? Repeat this process until all of the tilapia is breaded.

Don’t worry if some pieces are thinner, fatter, longer, or shorter. Tilapia is a pretty forgiving fish, so the cooking time is flexible. Place the breaded tilapia into your preheated oven, and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning once.

Make sure your baking sheet is well greased or else the bread crumbs may stick to the pan, which mine did a little bit. You can eat the fish just like that so it’s a healthified version of fish sticks, or you can do it up and enjoy fish tacos with them like I did.

These have some broccoli slaw in lime juice, the breaded fish, pineapple salsa, and a dollop of light sour cream. The entire recipe has 15 pts+, so this plate (which was 1/3 of the fish) has only 10 pts, and it’s a LOT of food. Points aside, these are DELICIOUS and melt in your mouth good. The fish got so crunchy from baking and held up perfectly in the tacos against the other textures and flavors.

The best part besides the delicious flavor? They are on the table in about 20 minutes! If you want a speed dinner, make the fruit salsa while the fish is cooking, and it should all be ready at the same time. Yum!

What is your favorite meal to have in warm weather?

31 Comments on New Recipe: Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

  1. Megan
    May 26, 2011 at 8:35 am (9 years ago)

    That looks so good! I’ll have to add it to my recipes!


  2. Katie Photiadis
    May 26, 2011 at 8:37 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, Beth that looks AMAZING! Fish tacos on the roof balcony on a Wednesday night…what a life =)

    The tilapia looks like it was baked really well, and the salsa looks really awesome too! I wonder if you could pan fry the tilapia instead? You probably wouldn’t have to use much oil. Hmm…

  3. Leanne
    May 26, 2011 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    I have tons of mangoes in my fridge. Totally making this salsa for my camping trip this weekend!

  4. Julia @ The Bosky Blog
    May 26, 2011 at 9:03 am (9 years ago)

    mmmm i am gonna def try this fo’ sho’

    It may be immature but I laugh every time I see you buy food at a store named “The Teet” hah, why is it named that?!! I love it!

    I grill out 4-5 times a week from spring to fall, it’s my favorite thing to do. I love putting a dry rub on some steak and making chipotle tacos.

  5. Shannon
    May 26, 2011 at 9:05 am (9 years ago)

    In the summer I tend to eat a lot of uncooked and cold food. Salads, smoothies, collard wraps, overnight (or 2 hour as was the case last nigh) oats bean dips and nut cheeses. In particular I make a weekly grain salad (last week was a barley/lentil one with lemon tahini dressing that made me salivate) that I can then eat alone, as a topping to a green salad or on collards as wraps.

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    May 26, 2011 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    I am yet to try fish tacos! It’s another one of those things that is always a second choice for me when ordering on a menu…

  7. Shannon
    May 26, 2011 at 9:12 am (9 years ago)

    I can’t wait to try these!! I live in South Florida (where there are 2 seasons – hot and hotter) and was dying for fish tacos last weekend. My husband and I went out for them and they were all wrong. They were totally greasy and covered in some icky mayo. I can’t wait to make these on Saturday after our standup paddle boarding adventure! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  8. Lisa @ lisalettinggo
    May 26, 2011 at 9:17 am (9 years ago)

    Those look amazing, thanks for the recipe!

    I love anything on the grill when it’s hot out. Especially veggies! I can’t wait for corn on the cob season.

  9. emily
    May 26, 2011 at 9:25 am (9 years ago)

    those look great! if you like spicy – you may want to try blending 1 chipotle pepper in adobo with the yogurt. I always have a can of those and after you open them you can keep the rest of the peppers in the fridge for months!

  10. Jennifer
    May 26, 2011 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    YUM! I love fish tacos. The one thing I am weird about, though, is fruit + meat. Can’t do it. LOL I’m sure it tastes just fine, but it’s a mental block.

    I pretty much try to grill everything I can in the summer. The one thing I haven’t tried yet is a grilled pizza.

  11. Linda
    May 26, 2011 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)

    I tried my own version of tilapia tacos earlier this week. I put mango/peach salsa on mine. I will definitely be trying your version next week. Thanks for the idea!

  12. Karen
    May 26, 2011 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    I just had someone come in my office while this post was up and they stopped what they were saying and said OOOO Pineapple Salsa!

    I concur.

  13. Mary S.
    May 26, 2011 at 10:27 am (9 years ago)

    I looove fish tacos, I like the idea of the lime zest in the breading for more flavor. Lately I’ve been using parchment paper in the oven instead of greasing a pan and I haven’t had a thing stick, it’s my new favorite. Hope you give it a try, thanks for the great recipes!

  14. Ashleigh
    May 26, 2011 at 10:32 am (9 years ago)

    What a perfect meal for a perfect night 🙂

  15. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    May 26, 2011 at 10:41 am (9 years ago)

    I love fish tacos! I’m not a huge fan of tilapia for some reason though. I love fish that has a lot of flavor, which tilapia doesn’t. Its perfect for dishes like this though because the pineapple salsa can really be the star of the flavor show!!!

  16. Ashley
    May 26, 2011 at 10:52 am (9 years ago)

    Beth, this looks AMAZING!! I’m going to have to try this and I’m totally going to give you a shout out!

    My favorite summer meal is a burger! Whether beef, bison, or a veggie burger, there is just something magical about a burger during the summer. On a hot day though, there is nothing better than watermelon or a fruit salad! So refreshing.

  17. Courtney
    May 26, 2011 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Beth, thanks for this recipe…I have Tilapia in my freezer (yes, you can freeze fish) and have been in desperate need for a recipe beyond garlic, butter and lemon. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Natasha
    May 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

    I haven’t tried tilapia yet, but these look so good! I’ll be trying them out for sure!

    My favorite warm weather meal is spinach and strawberry salad with roasted pumpkin seeds. So good!!

  19. beyondbananas
    May 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Those look amazing, Beth! Tilapia is one of my favorite fish…it isn’t too expensive..and on sale, it is even better!

  20. Amanda
    May 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm (9 years ago)

    That salsa looks amazing!! I make fish tacos with tilapia regurlary and always serve mine with black bean and orange salad! It’skinda like fruit salsa, but with black beans added! So SO SO tasty!

  21. Danielle
    May 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm (9 years ago)

    I love fish tacos and these look so delicious!! I can’t wait to try making them!

    I love a big romaine and grilled chicken (with w/e mixins are around the house) salad when it is super hot

  22. Weighting For 50
    May 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Holy tacos Beth, these look amazing!!! Love the pineapple salsa recipe, thanks! I love salads and grilled chicken or shrimp when its warm out. I can’t wait for that to happen here…. Have a great day.

  23. happywhennothungry
    May 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm (9 years ago)

    These tacos look delicious! I definitely love fish tacos, but I also love ceviche in warm weather. Yum!

  24. LizM
    May 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm (9 years ago)

    That sounds great! I don’t eat a lot of fish, but I could fry up some tempeh and use the salsa on tempeh tacos!

    My apartment pool is open until 8, so during this heat, I’m definitely looking for recipes that can be made up quickly after I get out of the pool!

  25. Casie
    May 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to try these. Tacos + panko crumbs = heaven!

  26. Katie
    June 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth, what else did you do the tacos up with? Sour cream and looks like a slaw mix of some kind?

  27. Ben
    January 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m definitely going to try these tonight! Thanks Beth!


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