Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Prosciutto-Wrapped Tilapia with Blood Orange Salsa

If you are still on the healthy-eating bandwagon for 2012, here is another super delicious recipe for you.  Fish is always a good choice when you're trying to keep things light (unless it's beer battered and fried, that is).  Seeing as how all things prosciutto are holy, and winter citrus is my obsession right now, this dinner was destined to be a winner.  The only beef I have, however, is that my blood oranges were probably the palest ones I've ever seen.  I love the deep red, creepy bood oranges, and these were just a little darker than a grapefruit.  It's okay though because they still tasted wonderful.

Tilapia is known to be a very mild and unassuming fish - one that some may call bland - but I call it a blank canvas.  Wrap it in prosciutto and you give it more flavor, plus some crispy texture.  Top it with the blood orange salsa and dressing, and you have a home run dinner.  I served this with a simple chopped salad, but I think it would also be great with some orzo, rice, or quinoa.  Or serve the whole thing over some salad greens and make it into a big entree salad. 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Tilapia with Blood Orange Salsa
adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

  • 4 filets of tilapia
  • 4-8 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
For the salsa:
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 2 Tbsp very finely chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeno (without seeds or ribs)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
Preheat the broiler and place an oven-safe cooling rack inside a cookie sheet.  Spray it lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Very lightly season the fish with salt, and wrap each filet with 1-2 slices of tilapia.  Sprinkle the fish with about 1 teaspoon of orange zest (total, not per filet).  Season with pepper and brush with olive oil.

Cook the fish 6-8 minutes, or until the center is completely cooked and the prosciutto is crispy.

Meanwhile, zest one of the oranges into a small bowl.  Set a strainer over the bowl and peel and segment the oranges.  Cut each segment in half or thirds.  Squeeze the juice from the leftover membranes into the bowl.  Whisk in the lemon juice olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Add the orange segments, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno and toss to coat.

When ready to serve, top each piece of fish with the salsa, and an extra spoonful or two of the orange dressing.


Anonymous said...

oooh, interesting!! I've never thought to pair something so acidic as blood oranges with something so salty like prosciutto! It sounds amaaazing, so I think I'm going to have to try this! Tilapia is awesome btw, esp. for people who aren't big fishy-taste fans. Love your take on it--blank canvas! :)

Nicole, RD said...

Oh my gosh...what a great way to dress up a blank canvas, like you said. Now, I just need to find some blood oranges. I am finding all the meyer lemons a girl could ever want, but no blood oranges.

Laura said...

Yum! It almost is reminiscent of a saltimbocca. Will definitely be trying these!

Joanne said...

You know I have NEVER seen prosciutto paired with citrus before...but what a great idea! A little bit of freshness to counteract the salt and fat.

Zee said...

two of my favourite things: tilapia and blood orange

Katie|Epicurean Mom said...

YUM! THis looks fantastic Josie! I may even be able to get my girls to eat it, since it has the yummy blood orange salsa. I love cooking with tilapia. IT It goes with everything!

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