Grilled Tilapia with Corn Salsa

 Grilled tilapia has to be one of the easiest dinners ever. Try this version with simple cajun seasoning and lemon-y corn salsa to use up the last of those summer veggies. 

Grilled Tilapia with Corn Salsa | One day not too long ago, I was holding Truman in my arms because we were out somewhere and he was sleepy. We were way past the “over-tired” stage and well into the “you will be punished for this, Mom” stage. He spent one moment resting his head on my shoulder but with any tiny disturbance would explode into back-arching wails, only to return to my shoulder seconds later, worn out.

If you don’t have kids, this probably sounds really weird. It is.

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Anyway, somehow on one of the back-to-the-shoulder collapses, Truman’s thumb ended up in his mouth. I watched it happen, as if in slow motion. It was like watching him eat ice cream for the first time. There’s NO GOING BACK.

Now that I have an official thumb-sucker, I asked my doctor about it. “Should I be worried?”
“Well, does he suck his thumb while he’s asleep?“
“I dunno.”
“You don’t know?”
“Well, I mean, he’s sucking his thumb when I put him down, but how am I supposed to know if he’s got it in there all night?”

The doctor opened his mouth a few times, like a fish, unsure how to respond. Almost as if he needed a good thumb-suck to work out his feelings about the fact that I’m clearly a negligent mother for not watching my baby WHILE HE’S ASLEEP.

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At least I feed them well. The kids actually loved this meal. I’m feeling proud of myself because I’m pretty sure I was an adult the first time I tried fish (excluding tuna). Sheltered much? I know.

All I did was sprinkle some cajun seasoning on the tilapia and toss it on the grill. The corn salsa is where it’s at though my friends. I love the freshness that the lemon and cucumber adds. I wasn’t planning on adding the feta, but threw it in on a whim and was glad I did. It adds the perfect tangy bite. If you don’t have a grill or have already put it away (!!!) there are broiling instructions below.

Come back on Saturday for some ethnic meatballs! That sounds weird. Whatever. It’s going to be awesome.

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Grilled Tilapia with Corn Salsa

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 6 tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (or to taste)*
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn (4 ears)**
  • half of a medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • about 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Heat grill to high heat.
  2. Pat the tilapia filets dry with paper towels and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Use your fingers to rub it on both sides.
  3. Oil the grill. Add the tilapia filets and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until it flakes with a fork.
  4. In a medium bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add corn, cucumber, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes. Toss to coat.
  5. Serve the tilapia with the corn salsa. Top with feta cheese, or you can add it to the salsa.
  6. If you don't have a grill you can broil the tilapia. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease well. Add the prepared tilapia and broil under low heat for 5-8 minutes or until it flakes with a fork.


*I didn't have any cajun seasoning so I made my own: in a small bowl stir together 1 teaspoon each salt and garlic powder. 1 1/4 tsp paprika. 1/2 teaspoon each black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and thyme. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

**If using using fresh corn, cook it first. Husk it and boil it for about 2-3 minutes until tender. Let cool, then cut from the cob. If using frozen corn, just thaw it.

Source: The Food Charlatan

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Don’t forget to pat the fish dry before rubbing with seasoning.

Grilled Tilapia with Corn Salsa |

Here’s how I like to chop my cucumbers for the salsa.

More fish recipes for people like me who don’t like fish that much:

Easy Parmesan Tilapia:

Easy Parmesan Tilapia

Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce:

Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

 Beer-Battered Fish Tacos:

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

Other fish recipes from food blogs: 

Coconut Crusted Tilapia from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Cilantro and Lime Salmon from Closet Cooking
Asian Salmon with Rice Noodles and Asparagus from Julia’s Album

Goat Cheese Steak with Balsamic Glaze

This 4 ingredient steak recipe is perfect for grill nights. Bonus: the goat cheese and balsamic reduction make you feel super fancy. 

Goat Cheese Steak with Balsamic Glaze | // This easy grill recipe comes together in about 20 minutes!

So my husband Eric is a major U2 fan. I wouldn’t say he’s the biggest fan in the world, but that’s only because there are some real freaks out there. (For example, there is someone out there managing a database that records every “snippet” ever played during a live concert. A snippet is a song by someone else, like if they sing “Amazing Grace” as a lead into “Where the Streets Have No Name.”)

Like, for real? How did your life regress to the point that you’re the snippet database guy? Then I remember how much time I spend on Pinterest looking at food I’m never going to eat, and the world evens out just a little.

Anyway, Monday night we’re hanging out with my extended family and the topic turned to the new iPhone 6 keynote that was going to happen the next day. At the mere mention of Apple Eric burst out, “There’s going to be some big news from U2 soon!!” And we all laughed at him, shaking our heads, because what the heck does U2 have to do with Apple. Eric and his crazy U2 obsession.

He got his comeuppance the next day.

In case you haven’t heard, Apple paid U2 to gift their new album to all (500 million) iTunes users.

I think Eric texted every single person on his contact list. “Have you listened to it yet??” Needless to say, we’ve been having a lot of U2 dance parties around here lately.

Do you remember that picture up there of the steak? Here’s another one.

Goat Cheese Steak with Balsamic Glaze | // This easy grill recipe comes together in about 20 minutes!

You know you want it. I’m guest posting today for my friend Rachel from Rachel Cooks (whose blog is fabulous, by the way!) so head on over to get the recipe for Goat Cheese Steak with Balsamic Glaze!