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Dinner Tonight: Crispy Tilapia with Pico de Gallo Salsa

A glistening bowl of chopped summer tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice—it doesn't get much better than that. But that's the problem with this recipe. If tortilla chips are anywhere nearby, you might skip dinner altogether. If you can guard the fresh pico de gallo long enough to pan-sear some fish—a couple minutes on each side—you'll have a light, healthy summer dinner when combining the two.

I used tilapia in this case, but other white-fleshed fish like halibut will work. All you need to cook the fish: a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a pan of olive oil heated to almost smoking status. This ensures a wonderful crust that isn't overcooked or dry. Use lime juice instead of lemon when the fish comes off the heat, since it'll best marry the pico de gallo flavors.

About the author: Blake Royer lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his free time cooking and writing about it here at Serious Eats and on The Paupered Chef. From 9 to 5 weekdays, he works as an assistant book editor in Manhattan.

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