Blackened Tilapia with Butternut Squash Salsa

Tender tilapia is topped with a colorful butternut squash salsa for a budget-friendly meal that’s loaded with comforting flavor.

Serves: 4Prep: 10 minutesCook: 25 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash, cut into ½” cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 filets (6 oz.) tilapia
  • 1⁄2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Spread butternut squash on baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil; toss to coat. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • In small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and oregano. Rub mixture over tilapia filets.
  • In large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once hot, cook tilapia until golden brown and easily flaked, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • In large bowl, toss together butternut squash, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, onion, apple, bell pepper, pomegranate seeds, parsley, rice wine vinegar and honey.
  • Serve butternut squash salsa over tilapia filets. Refrigerate leftovers.