Cajun Tilapia with Mango Salsa Recipe

Posted on Jun 13 2012 - 12:00am by Susan Bewley


I have a confession to make – I love mangoes.  I’m one of those crazy people who will go out of my way to try anything that has the word mango in the title. Some things I have tried have been a bit scary, but I have always thought that mangoes and fish complement one another. Then again, I think almost anything can be improved by mangoes, especially if they are ripe and in season.  For this reason, I was excited when my husband told me he tried a tilapia at work that was topped with mango salsa. Immediately I was determined to try making this, mostly since it gave me an excuse to cook fish (something my husband used to hate) and include some of my favorite fruit!

It has always surprised me, how many people are shocked that I make my own salsa. Almost everyone I know buys salsa in a jar, but in my opinion, this is cheating. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my own lazy days where I have bought salsa at Trader Joes or other retailers, but nothing beats a good homemade salsa.  My mango salsa recipe is truly to die for, and goes perfect with just about everything, including (not coincidentally) fish! In my opinion, it is the secret ingredient to my Cajun tilapia, since it adds that perfect mix of sweet and spicy to the recipe.

Even though this tilapia recipe may look complicated, it is one of the easiest Cajun recipes I make on a regular basis. The hardest part of the entire recipe is waiting for the salsa to chill in the refrigerator. Once it is finished, however, you will enjoy a tasty treat that not only tastes great, but is a feast for the eyes on your plate, too. One of the other things I love about the mango salsa that is part of this recipe is that it freezes beautifully.  The only thing you can expect after freezing is for it to be a bit spicier.

While I may make this year round, this Cajun tilapia recipe is especially pretty as a light summer dinner, or for entertaining.  If you are having a get together this summer, or are looking for a colorful recipe that is quick to make and will impress your guests, give this recipe a try. Just don’t be surprised by people begging you for this recipe, especially with more restaurants adding something similar to their menus lately!

Cajun Tilapia with Mango Salsa Recipe
Cajun Tilapia with Magno Salsa Recipe Yield: 4 Servings Cajun seasoned tilapia with a sweet mango and spicy mango salsa.
  • 4 4 oz Tilapia Fillets
  • ½ Cup King Arthur All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ⅛ Cup Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 Ripe Mangos
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 4oz Can Diced Jalapenos
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • If Mango Not Sweet
  1. Dice your mangoes into small pieces and place in a large bowl. If mangoes do not taste sweet, mix with a teaspoon of sugar.
  2. Once the salsa is chilled, combine flour and Cajun seasoning in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add peppers, jalapenos (whole can), and onions to mango bowls.
  4. Mix in lemon juice and cilantro. Mix well.
  5. Cover dish with salsa and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours before serving. The longer it sits, the more spicy the salsa will be on your fish. Always serve salsa cold.
  6. Rinse and clean your tilapia in cold water, and then pat dry with a paper towel. I usually use frozen tilapia.
  7. Coat both sides of the tilapia with your flour and seasoning mix. Set aside.
  8. In a large frying pan or skillet, start melting the butter on medium heat. Butter should be melted and coat the bottom of your pan or skillet.
  9. Place fish in the pan. Fish should cook for four minutes on each side.
  10. Move tilapia to a plate and serve with mango salsa on top of the fish.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

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  1. Beauty-Shoes-Nails Fun July 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    My 2 favorite things!!!!!!!!!!   thx!

  2. Jason August 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    love the site will be watching it more.  thanks

  3. Morrisa August 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Yum!  We have Tilapia about once a week so I might have to try this out. 

  4. MamaBreak August 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    This looks so much better than the chicken nuggets and french fries I had tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Malia August 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Looks good!  I love mangoes as well, but I cheat and buy my mango salsa from Costco!  Good job on making your own, it must be delicious!

  6. Angie August 31, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Oh wow! That look so delicious! I love any and all seafood! I will have to try your recipie! Thank you!

  7. Sue Invegas September 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Sounds really good! I love Mangos too! Will have to copy this! Thanks!

  8. Patty A September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    That tilapia looks delicious! 

  9. julieann r September 21, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love mango salsa, thank u for the recipe!

  10. jheylo September 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    this looks tasty and healhty meal

  11. Alaina Bullock October 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I haven't ever tried talapia, but this sounds delicious!  I guess it is time to give it a try!  Thanks for the recipe!

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