This Sheet Pan Chili Lime Tilapia is a quick and easy meal to feed the family on a busy day. The fish has a nice blend of flavorful seasonings, and is a wonderful compliment to the sweet potatoes and broccoli. This has become one of our favorite sheet pan meals.
As with most of my recipes, the ingredients can be changed up to use whatever you have on hand, or the seasoning adapted to suit your tastes. Which is what I did for this recipe on both counts. I like my recipes short and easy to make, and if I can take a shortcut or two while fixing a delicious meal, I will. No shame in my game.
Surprisingly, the fish was not as hot and spicy as I imagined it would be with those hot seasonings. I also added bottled lime juice to the seasoning sauce, because I didn’t have any fresh lime to serve on the side.
I didn’t use fresh sweet potatoes, because I have difficulty cutting them. The only frozen sweet potatoes I had were the puffs. I’ve used frozen sweet potato fries in the past, and they turned out wonderful, too. I also didn’t have fresh broccoli, but I did have a half of bag of frozen broccoli florets. I thawed the broccoli quickly in a bowl of water, drained them well and then cut the larger pieces in half.
My fish fillets were individually wrapped, so I layed 3 on the counter to thaw. It only took about 30 minutes. They can be thawed in 10 minutes or so in a bowl of water, or for several hours in the fridge along with the broccoli, if you want to save time at preparation time. If room is available on the baking sheet, I will fix an extra fillet or two, because they make a wonderful sandwich the next day.
One of my inspiration recipes had a simple creamy avocado sauce made with an avocado, yogurt, lime juice and cilantro to serve with the fish. I didn’t have any yogurt, but I did have an open jar of Guacamole Salsa, so I used it instead and it was a perfect substitute.
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Sheet Pan Chili Lime Tilapia Dinner
Prep time 5 minutes Cook time 25-30 minutes Serves 2- 3
- 3-4 tilapia fillets (or other white fish) I use 3 fillets for 2 adults, thawed and patted dry with a paper towel
- 2 servings frozen sweet potato tots or fries
- 1/2 small bag frozen broccoli (thaw & then cut larger florets in half)
- Salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Optional for garnish: Guacamole Salsa, Sour Cream, chopped cilantro leaves, lime wedges.
- Preheat oven to 425°F (210°C). Lightly grease baking sheet with oil or a nonstick spray.
- Spread the thawed cut-up broccoli and sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Lightly brush broccoli and sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- Give a few shakes of salt and pepper over broccoli and sweet potatoes.
- In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, honey, dried cilantro, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Brush a thin coating of seasoning sauce on the baking sheet where the fish will be placed , then lay the fish fillets in place. Brush the fish with the remaining seasoning sauce.
- Bake about 25 minutes until the sweet potatoes are done and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Garnish and serve.
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