Baked Tilapia - Costa Rican-Style

Baked Tilapia - Costa Rican-style Recipe

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A delicious way to bake tilapia -- a meal in itself with the rice, tomatoes, and black beans. The addition of the orange gives the dish a nice citrus note.


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20 Min
30 Min


  • 3 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tsp
    fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 6
    tilapia fillets
  • 3/4 c
    long grain rice
  • 1 c
    onions, chopped
  • 2
    navel oranges, peeled, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 can(s)
    28-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can(s)
    14.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper

How to Make Baked Tilapia - Costa Rican-Style


  1. To make the marinade, combine lime juice, 1 tbsp. oil, 2 tbsp. cilantro, 1 tsp. garlic,1/2 tsp. salt and the sugar in a shallow dish. Add the tilapia and marinate 15 minutes, turning once.
  2. Cook rice according to pkg. directions and keep the rice warm while the fish is marinating.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large,deep skillet , heat 2 tbsp. oil on medium heat. Saute the remaining garlic and add the onions. Cook until onions are soft about 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. cilantro, the oranges, diced tomatoes, black beans, oregano and the remaining salt, black pepper and the cayenne. Cook, uncovered until hot; stirring occasionally.
  4. Place the hot rice in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spoon the tomato/bean mixture on top of the rice and blend gently. Overlap the tilapia fillets on top and even marinade over filets.
  5. Bake about 15-20 minutes or until fish begins to flake when test with a fork.

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About Baked Tilapia - Costa Rican-Style

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Latin American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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