Tilapia with Spicy Kumquat Salsa

Yasmin Fahr


For the kumquat salsa

  • 4-5  kumquats, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2   jalapeño, diced (about 1 tablesoon)
  • small shallot, diced (about 1 tablespoon)
  •   Juice of 1/2 lime, plus more to taste
  •   Salt, to taste
  • 2 sprigs  of cilantro, leaves picked and roughly torn

For the tilapia

  • tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1  teaspoon  cumin
  • 1 teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon  hot paprika

Kumquats, the babies of the citrus family, have a sweet, edible rind and a slightly tart pulp (everything is edible except for the seeds). I typically muddle them in mojitos or caipirinhas, but incorporating them in this spicy salsa as a substitute for tomatoes adds a soft, sweet touch to this topping for quickly cooked fish.  

You could also try adding cubes of ripe avocado to the salsa as well — I see no reason why that wouldn't be a fabulous addition. Alternatively, you can use other flaky white fish instead of tilapia if it's not available. 

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For the kumquat salsa

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients, seasoning to taste as needed. Allow the flavors to meld together while you cook the fish. 

For the tilapia

Wash and pat dry the fillets and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients together and mix well. Add the fish and coat it thoroughly with the mixture.

Heat a large cast-iron or heavy pan over high heat. Add the fish and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately and spoon the salsa on top. 


Calories per serving:

305 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 34g 52%
  • Carbs 10g 3%
  • Saturated 6g 29%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 22g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 70g 140%
  • Cholesterol 170mg 57%
  • Sodium 2,394mg 100%
  • Calcium 93mg 9%
  • Magnesium 116mg 29%
  • Potassium 1,280mg 37%
  • Iron 5mg 25%
  • Zinc 1mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 618mg 88%
  • Vitamin A 92µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 20mg 34%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 13%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 16%
  • Niacin (B3) 14mg 69%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 36%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 96µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 90%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin K 48µg 60%
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