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Whit’s Tidbits: Tilapia with Honey Scallion Dressing

I am very weird about which types of fish I will eat and which I will not. Mostly I like uncooked fish, like raw fish in sushi–I’ll pretty much eat any type if it comes wrapped up in some seaweed and rice! But when it comes to fish that is actually cooked I am VERY picky. I pretty much only eat tilapia and salmon. I think my palate is starting to mature a little so I’m getting better about eating more varieties of our gilled friends, but for now I like the most bland and non-fishy fish. Again, if you give me tuna tartare I will eat it in about 2.5 seconds–I love it, but if you sautee that same tuna filet then you best find me some chicken to eat! Anyway, the other day when Ariel and I were tooling around in the grocery as we normally do I saw that they had Tilapia on special so I picked some up and made some for dinner a few nights ago. I didn’t want to have to buy anything else to cook with it so I found a recipe from Cooking Light for Tilapia with Honey Scallion Dressing. I had all the ingredients in the pantry and it happens to be over a bed of spinach so I was happy as a clam! FYI I strongly dislike most shellfish…I’m really hating on sea creatures today, I promise I really do order sushi like at least twice a week!

The tilapia was delicious, the dressing went really well with the fish and added flavors that tilapia can handle since it’s not too strong in flavor. The scallions smelled amazing with the honey sweetened soy sauce, I could barely wait to dig in! The tilapia was cooked perfectly, like any good fish I didn’t even need a knife it just flaked right off for each bite with my fork. I added sun-dried tomatoes and sliced almonds to my spinach leaves and topped it with the tilapia and the dressing. It was a perfect meal! Tilapia cooks really quick so I threw this together in like 10 minutes, I will definitely make it again. A perfect week night meal that was healthy and yummy. Now if only someone could sneak some cooked fish into my sushi then maybe I would eat it…….
Tilapia with Honey Scallion Dressing
Adapted from Cooking Light
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped green onions
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp bottled ground fresh ginger
1/4 tsp sesame oil (I substituted regular EVOO for this because I didn’t have sesame oil)
1 tbsp canola oil (I used a few sprays of PAM)
4 6 oz tilapia filets
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups gourmet salad greens
To prepare dressing combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. 
To prepare fish heat canola oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt and pepper on both sides. Add fish to hot pan; cook about 3 minutes each side, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Arrange 1 cup greens on each of the 4 plates. Top with 1 filet of tilapia and dressing.
I made this just for myself but I just made the amount of dressing the recipe calls for because I was too lazy to do some quick mental math with the measurements. I just saved the extra for a salad later this week!
Bon Eating,


  1. Mary says

    That fish is gorgeous to look at and if it tastes as good as the ingredient list leads me to believe it does., this is a winner.

  2. tastestopping says

    Thanks for the review on a great Tilapia recipe. I have so many Cooking Lights scattered around, I never know which recipe to tackle first! Now I will put this at the top of the list.

    I found you on TasteSpotting and am writing to say that if you have any photos that aren’t accepted there, I’d love to publish them. Visit my new site (below), it’s a lot of fun! I hope you will consider it.


  3. finsmom says

    Wow! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Some really great recipes here!
    Will follow!

  4. Kara The Midgie says

    I will DEFINITELY be trying this recipe soon. It's so simple and yummy looking.

  5. Whitney says

    Mary: thanks for the kind words! it was a great and easy dinner so I have to say it was a winner!
    Casey from tastestopping: same, I think I have a million cooking lights laying around, time to dig into them!
    Mrs D: thank you! it was quite delicious.
    finsmom: we are delighted you stopped by! thanks for the follow, hope you enjoy!
    La Table de Nana: glad to hear you liked it, let me know how it goes! it was so tasty I think I'll be making it again too!
    Kara The Midgie: the flavors were simple and so was the cooking and clean up! thanks for the nice words!
    Thanks to all for stopping by!
    Bon Eating,

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