Simple and Tasty Tilapia With Avocado

Simple and Tasty Tilapia With Avocado

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Tilapia with avocado is a super simple recipe that highlights the flavors of the fish and avocado. It only takes about 25 minutes, start to finish, and only uses four ingredients (not counting seasonings and salt and pepper).

This dish is wonderful served with dilled coleslaw, and the leftovers of both can be used to make fish and slaw sandwiches. A simple green salad would also be a good accompaniment, along with a glass of white wine.

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-8 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • Dash pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 avocado (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Simple and Tasty Tilapia With Avocado ingredients

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9" x 13" baking dish with parchment paper. Place the fish fillets on the paper.

    tilapia in a baking dish

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  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika, and mix well with a spoon.

    combine the olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  4. Brush this mixture over the fish, coating each fillet completely.

    Brush the sauce mixture over the fish

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  5. Bake the fish for 20 to 25 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Insert a fork carefully into the fillet, and twist gently. The flesh should flake easily into pieces without much effort on your part.

    baked fish in a baking dish

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  6. While the fish bakes, combine the avocado, cherry tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, and parsley in a small bowl.

    combine the avocado, cherry tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, and parsley in a small bowl

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  7. Place the cooked fish on a serving platter then spoon the avocado mixture over the fish, and serve immediately.

    Simple and Tasty Tilapia With Avocado

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Tips

  • You can find fish fillets that have been skinned and boned at most large supermarkets. Most of these products have been frozen and thawed, even if they are for sale at the butcher counter.
  • There is no loss of quality when fish is frozen, as long as it is frozen properly and not refrozen several times. Ask the butcher or fishmonger how the fish has been handled if you are unsure, and take a sniff before you buy it. Fresh fish should smell of the sea or of nothing at all; it should never smell fishy or rank.

Recipe Variation

  • You can use other types of white fish fillets instead of tilapia, if you'd like. Grouper or red snapper or arctic char would all be delicious.