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Diva on a Dime: Fish in a Flash

Tilapia is healthy, fast, flavourful and inexpensive. – ©

Skillet Tilapia with Warm Avacado Salsa

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 25 minutes


1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets

(about 4 pieces, thawed if frozen)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

(See tip)


1 1/2 cups avocados, diced

2 tablespoons green onion, sliced

2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

(or parsley or your favourite herb)

1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice


1. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium. Mix melted butter with lime juice and brush both sides of the fish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. You won’t use all the butter mixture. Place the remaining butter into the skillet. Add tilapia and cook for 4 minutes and carefully turn over. Cook 4 minutes more or until the fish is done. Remove to platter and keep warm.

2. Place the avocado, green onion, cilantro and lime juice into a small bowl, stir to combine. When you remove the fish, put the salsa into the skillet and stir it around to mingle with the pan juices until just warmed through. Serve the salsa over the fish. I like to serve this with brown rice and a green vegetable, or with warm tortillas like a fish taco.

NOTE: 6 ounces is a serving, so 1 1/2 pounds makes four servings. My family’s appetites are bigger than this, so I usually double the recipe and enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day. Bon Appetit!

Tip: If limes are cheap, juice fresh lime and add the zest. If they’re off-season, use lime juice from concentrate. Both are delicious!

Lifestyle expert Patti Diamond is the penny-pinching, party-planning, recipe developer and content creator of the website “Divas On A Dime — Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous!” Visit Patti at and join the conversation on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom. Email Patti at

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