Fish Fillets with Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa

Fish Fillets with Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa

Serve simple sautéed fish fillets with jalapeno-spiked pineapple salsa for a Caribbean-inspired meal. Serve with black beans and brown rice.

From EatingWell: July/August 2011
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35
Total Time: 35

Ingredients

Salsa

  1. 1 small ripe pineapple
  2. 1/4 cup minced scallions
  3. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  4. 3 tablespoons lime juice
  5. 2 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeño pepper (about 1 large)
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. Freshly ground pepper to taste

Fish

  1. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 pound catfish, tilapia, haddock or other white fish fillets (see Notes), cut into 4 portions
  5. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. To prepare salsa: Cut the top and skin off pineapple, remove the eyes and core. Finely dice the pineapple (you will have about 4 cups diced pineapple) and place in a medium bowl. Add scallions, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and oil. Toss to mix. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.
  2. To prepare fish: Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish; thoroughly dredge fillets (discard any leftover flour).
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish, working in batches if necessary, and cook until lightly browned and just opaque in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve each portion of fish with about 1/4 cup salsa each.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the salsa (Step 1) for up to 1 day.
  • Notes: Catfish: Look for U.S. farmed catfish—it’s sustainably raised in non-polluting inland ponds and fed a mostly vegetarian diet.
  • Tilapia: U.S. farmed tilapia is the considered the best choice—it’s raised in closed-farming systems that protect the surrounding environment. Central and South American tilapia is considered a good alternative. Avoid farmed tilapia from China and Taiwan—where the fish farming pollutes the surrounding environment.
  • Haddock (Scrod): To get the best choice for the environment, ask for U.S. Atlantic “hook-and-line-caught” haddock—this method causes the least damage to the sea floor and has the least bycatch.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 192 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 43 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 1 g fiber; 405 mg sodium; 305 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat