Cilantro Cream Sauce Tilapia With Mango Salsa

This is a special post from our trip out west. It was our last night in California & we wanted to make something extra yummy. I was totally amazed by the grocery stores out there! The variety of fresh produce was endless and selection of unique foods was incredible. Alison about had me convinced to move out there just by taking me to the grocery store! Anyways, for this meal, we combined ideas from several different recipes to come up with a feast, and perhaps went a little overboard. The cilantro cream sauce is so delicious and could be used on any fish or meat. The salsa was also super yummy. You could definitely do one or the other (sauce or salsa), we just couldn’t decide on a flavor so made both. We grilled some bread, corn and pineapple to go along with the meal. Again, all three aren’t necessary unless you’re feeling motivated/super hungry. If you’re short on time, I’d say go for the sauce and fish. You can always make the salsa as an appetizer. The couple that we stayed with, Alison and Adm, are both photographers so Michael was pretty excited about testing out some of their lights while shooting the pics. Overall, a very fun meal!



  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Mix ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 lb)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Prepare grill. Microwave butter to melt. Mix in lemon juice. Cover fillets with butter mixture and wrap each individually in foil.
  2. Cook on medium-hot grill for about 8-10 minutes, until desired doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce (or get a nice helper to start it for you). Once sauce and tilapia are both done, remove the fillets from the foil and top with sauce. Serve with salsa.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice


  1. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a medium sauté pan until sizzling. Add garlic, ginger root, cilantro, and cumin and sauté for about 4 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add soy sauce and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add whipping cream, and cook until slightly reduced or sauce coats the back of spoon, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lime and pineapple juices.


Anonymous said...

I'm not much of a fan of tilapia actually because I find is less flavorful, but NO SO in this dish! Oh my! Cilantro cream sauce! Mango salsa! What popping flavors! Beautiful dish!

Esi said...

Glad you had a good trip! Yes, we are lucky to have the stuff we do here in Cali.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Both recipes sound terrific. They are both distinctive flavors and would add pop to any table. I hope you enjoyed your West Coast adventure.

Donna-FFW said...

That mango salsa sounds fantastic and I love the way you grilled the tilapia , I will have my hubby try it.. He does not care for cilantro, but I LOVE the sound of the sauce, any suggestion for a substitute?

Heather S-G said...

Sounds like you had a great time!! This looks absolutely delish :)

Admin said...

Love Tilapia! I can imagine how the cream sauce and the tangy mango salsa would go great together.

Unknown said...

I would probably go for the fish and sauce...but the salsa does sound really good too! I've heard the grocery stores out there are really goo too...isn't that where the stores like "whole foods" started out?

grace said...

if you keep posting these outrageously scrumptious fish recipes, i may be forced to stop my ridiculous seafood-hating. i LOVE cilantro, and in a cream sauce? heaven help me.

Reeni said...

The cilantro sauce sounds heavenly delicious! What a great meal!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love everything in this - the avocado and mango salsa and cilantro cream sauce with the tilapia. Looks like everyone was having a great time too.

Christo Gonzales said...

what a nice time and the cilantro sauce - wow!

Chef Jeena said...

Sounds like you had a great time in California, lovely recipe!

Chef E said...

We are over due for a trip to Cali...In-Out burgers make it into your car? This dish looks and sounds great, love all the flavors...

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds like a great summer meal! The cilantro sauce sounds perfect for grilled fish.

♥peachkins♥ said...

your mango salsa looks like it really compliments the tilapia..

Dewi said...

Scrumptious! Love mango salsa.

Unknown said...

that sauce sounds delightful with fish! and can't go wrong with mango salsa either :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect accompaniments with the fish - mango! CA has such wonderful foods to offer... but I always want to cook with wine when we're there?! ;)

Sharon said...

Cilantro cream sauce with fish sounds ingenious! What a great way to spice up a mild fish.

Juliana said...

I love tilapia and cilantro and this dish will definitely be on my table :-)

Ivy said...

The salsa sounds delicious and I am sure the fish did as well as we don't get tilapia in Greece, so I don't know how it tastes.

Emily said...

Hope you had a good trip! This sounds so fresh and delicious.

Delicious Dishings said...

Looks amazing... and I really love tilapia because it's such an easy fish. It may be a bit mild... but all the better for pairing it with things.

Kerstin said...

Sounds like the perfect way to end your trip - the tilapia looks so flavorful!

Emmett said...

Your making me hungry looking at the pictures. Looks very good. I have thought about moving to Cally as well.

Cherie said...

This is amazing! Just right for summer. Love fish, love cilantro, love mangoes!

Anonymous said...

TOTAL HEAVEN!!!!!!!! I could eat this a couple times a week, no problemo!

Sasha said...

The sauce sounds divine! What an original idea.
And beautiful pictures, as always : )

test it comm said...

What a great meal! I really like that mango and avocado combo. It is nice and juicy and sweet and creamy.

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