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White fish with salsa: black cod with tropical fruit

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit), seafood, halibut, mahi mahi, black cod, tilapia, sea bass

I’ve been making a lot of tropical fruit salsa lately. You could say I am on a tropical fruit salsa kick. Fruits and veggies mixed with the lime juice and spices are so good, and there are so many possible variations – I can eat it with anything! The salsa goes especially well with seafood: I’ve made mango salsa with salmon, pineapple salsa with shrimp, and now it’s time for white fish with salsa.

In this recipe, I am entering a new fruit – cantaloupe! Who knew that cantaloupe could be a delicious addition to tropical fruit salsa! It’s sweet, it’s soft, it’s colorful! It balances perfectly with the rest of ingredients: tomatoes, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and spices.

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit), seafood, halibut, mahi mahi, black cod, tilapia, sea bass

On these photos you see fresh black cod right from the Seattle seafood market, but, really, any white fish can be used: tilapia, halibut, mahi mahi, sea bass. I found that they all go great with tropical fruit salsa! Black cod that I used in this recipe is an exceptionally flavorful and very buttery fish – it’s very easy to cook it due to its high oil content, therefore, it’s almost impossible to have a dry black cod. If you get your hands on good quality black cod – by all means buy it! If you tend to overcook your fish and then don’t like the resulting dry taste – try this fish, because it’s virtually impossible to fail with black cod and overcook it.

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit), seafood, halibut, mahi mahi, black cod, tilapia, sea bass

I just love this recipe! Eating white, flaky fish with all that fruit and vegetables is very refreshing! I feel like I am in Hawaii!

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit), seafood, halibut, mahi mahi, black cod, tilapia, sea bassh

White fish with salsa: black cod with tropical fruit

Prep time: 40 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients for tropical fruit salsa:

  • 2 cups pineapple, chopped in small cubes
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cantaloupe, chopped in small cubes
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped in small cubes
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for white fish (black cod):

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound white fish (black cod, halibut, tilapia, mahi mahi)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

1) Mix all chopped ingredients for tropical fruit salsa in a large bowl, add lime juice, add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to let the juices combine together.

2) To prepare seasoning for the fish, mix salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, cumin in a small bowl.

3) Heat large skillet on high heat. Season fish on non-skin side with salt & pepper and other spices from step 2, generously. Add oil to the hot skillet: the oil should sizzle. Add fish to the skillet non-skin side down (skin side up) and sear for 4 minutes, moving the fish around the skillet to make sure oil coats the surface of the fish and that the fish is not sticking to the pan while searing.

4) After these 4 minutes, turn the fish over to the skin side and sear for another 3 minutes on high heat. After searing on the skin side, you can actually remove salmon skin easily at this point and discard, if you don’t like to eat it.

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{ 20 comments… add one }

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 18, 2013, 7:40 pm

    I bought some sea bass today since it was on sale. I think this will be added to the menu :)

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes May 19, 2013, 10:38 am

    This screams the SUMMER out loud, Julia. Absolutely right up my alley.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 20, 2013, 2:17 am

    Black cod is my all time favorite fish, next to Chilean sea bass. I love how you served this with a tropical salsa. So pretty and summer-y. Your photos really “popped” and is just beautiful Julia. Pinning!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook May 20, 2013, 3:45 am

    We love black cod and this is such a gorgeous dish! I always eat black cod with Japanese seasonings but this is something I would love to try next time. Love your colorful salsa!

  • Noel Lizotte May 20, 2013, 8:18 am

    I have to agree w/ Angie … this does scream summer! What a great light dinner for a hot evening!

  • Jill May 20, 2013, 8:52 am

    I love cod! We live just outside of Boston where the Atlantic cod is the best I’ve ever had. So incredibly fresh! It’s time to pair it with this lovely salsa. As usual, your photos are gorgeous.

  • Jill May 20, 2013, 8:54 am

    Oh and I forgot to say that the addition of melon in the salsa is a very nice touch. You cook elegant dishes, Julia. ;)
    Thanks for the recipe, Jilly from http://jillyinspired.blogspot.com/

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 20, 2013, 10:29 am

    Julia:
    What a plate full of refreshing salsa and buttery fish yumness…I love how vivid and appetizing this dish is!!!!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu May 20, 2013, 11:47 am

    Gorrrrrgeous, and so light and summery looking!

  • Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen May 20, 2013, 2:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I would have thought of many fruits- but not cantaloupe! Pinning.

  • Daniela May 20, 2013, 5:31 pm

    This is brilliant: Light, full of vitamins and a perfect summer treat!
    I love the vibrant colors in your pictures.
    Thank you Julia!

  • Barb May 20, 2013, 9:44 pm

    I will be saving this recipe – I know I love this meal, but I don’t really know how to cook it! :) Stunning photos… as usual!

  • Lisa H. May 21, 2013, 12:17 am

    Marvellous, I am into fish this week… another great idea Julia :D

  • The Café Sucre Farine May 21, 2013, 6:40 am

    This looks so fresh, pretty and absolutely delicious!

  • Amy May 21, 2013, 11:50 am

    This dish looks wonderful Julia!! The colors are truly amazing! THE perfect summer dinner :)
    xox Amy

  • Laura Dembowski May 21, 2013, 11:52 am

    Love that bright and colorful salsa! I’m not sure if I ever told you, but I did get around to trying black cod. I thought it was pretty good but my mom was not a fan. There is something about the texture that is hard to get used to.

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen May 24, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever cooked black cod before. It looks so moist and delicious. Love that you used cantaloupe. It’s one of my favs! I do sometimes have trouble picking a really good one though.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 28, 2013, 4:27 am

    So springy and colorful! Yum!

  • Kellyn July 9, 2013, 8:27 pm

    Just made this for dinner, using Tilapia I had on hand and grilled in foil packets. The fruit salsa is delicious with the flaky tender white fish. Great for a light summer dinner. Thank you!!!

    • Julia July 13, 2013, 2:58 am

      So happy to hear that! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know!

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