Tilapia baked in basil and garlic, served with mango and cucumber salsa

I found some lovely basil while grocery shopping and got a little too excited. I purchased way more than I needed. My best way of using it up quickly before it spoils is to make some pesto. But that day I was preparing tilapia for diner and I started wondering how it would taste smothered with basil.


Was going to bake it plain with a bit of salt. Instead I blended 4 cloves of garlic with a handful of basil leaves and a bit of olive oil, spread it over the tilapia and baked for 30 minutes at 180°C in a foil pocket.   

spread on filet
spread on filet and sprinkle some salt
make bag
fold the foil to seal like a little pocket and place in preheated oven. I baked each filet in its own separate foil pocket

I was to make a creamy sauce to go over the plain tilapia but while it was baking in the garlic and basil, I thought something sweet and cold and fresh would complement nicely, a simple salsa.

mango salsa: 3 parts mango, 2 parts cucumber, 2 parts onion

You can add one or two pinches of sugar to the mango if its sour/raw.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the served meal but it was awesome!

Husband Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!


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