This recipe for Coconut Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice is not only super easy to make, but it tastes better than it looks!
I will first start off by saying that my wife, Becky, is not a huge fan of fish. However, I can say she loves this dish. It reminds her of the time we went to Cancun while we were in college. white beaches and crystal clear water! All together it takes about 20 minutes to make the entire meal. Here are all the ingredients you will need:
1 lb Tilapia (approximately 4 – 6 filets)
1/4 cup of Cream of Coconut
1 cup of Brown Rice or..(I use the Boil-in-bag, because it is easier and faster)
3 Roma Tomatos (seeded)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of chopped fresh Cilantro (We love Cilantro so we go with the 1/2 cup)
1 can of Black Beans (drained)
1 Lime (quartered)
Salt and Pepper to taste
First start by preheating your oven to 4oo degrees. While the oven is preheating, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and add you tilapia filets. Once they are in the dish, lightly season with salt and pepper, then drizzle the Cream of Coconut over the Tilapia (you want to make sure you have an even coat). Once the oven is pre-heated, bake the tilapia for 14 minutes. After you remove the Tilapia from the oven let, it rest for a couple of minutes. This will also allow the coconut and the juices from the fish to thicken to create a great sauce. Then plate the tilapia and drizzle some of the sauce from the pan over the fish. Last, squeeze a little lime juice on top (one quarter of a lime). The acid from the lime juice will compliment the sweetness from the coconut perfectly.
Cilanto Lime Brown Rice
While the oven is preheating, go ahead and boil your water for your rice. Again, we really like the boil-in-bag brown rice because it is a huge time saver (We usually cook the rice about 5 minutes longer than the package, because we like the rice to have a softer consistency, and the kids seem to like it better as well.) Next, you will want to seed your tomatoes and then dice them into 1/4 inch pieces and set aside. Along with your tomatoes, you will also want to chop your cilantro. Again, we…or should I say Becky, really love cilantro so we usually add 1/2 a cup to our rice. Last, you will want to drain your black beans.
Once the rice is cooked, add the rice, tomatoes, black beans, and cilantro together. Then fold the ingredients together. While folding your rice mixture, juice the re-maining 3/4 of the lime in the rice and add a little salt and pepper to taste. Bon Appetit!