Baked Tilapia with Fresh Georgia Blueberry and Mandarin Orange Salsa

Written by Denise Sawyer on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Check out this great recipe for Baked Tilapia with Fresh Georgia Blueberry and Mandarin Orange Salsa.

If you’re not familiar with fresh tilapia, here are some buying tips I found:

  • Choose moist-looking fish, which is layered in ice. Do not buy tilapia that has a musky smell. Also, tilapia absorbs the flavor of the water it is raised in, so check the harvest methods and source.
  • Tilapia keeps for two weeks at 32 degrees F. If live or fresh tilapia isn’t an option, choose something called individually quick-frozen (or “IQF”) tilapia. This is where the fillets are not stuck together in the packaging. Tilapia keeps well in the freezer for up to six months.
  • Before cooking a whole tilapia, it is important to clean it well, inside and outside by rinsing well under cold running water and removing all traces of the internal organs. You can then cook the whole fish or individual fillets.  


Baked Tilapia with Fresh Georgia Blueberry and Mandarin Orange Salsa

For the Fish
6 pieces of tilapia
2 tbsp of butter (melted)
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp tarragon
¼ tsp salt

For Salsa
½ 15 oz can of mandarin oranges in light syrup
cup fresh Georgia blueberries
½ an onion (minced)
¼ cup of juice from the mandarin oranges


Drain mandarin oranges, but reserve the juice.  Mix onion, mandarin orange segments, and blueberries in a bowl.  Pour about ¼ cup of the reserved liquid from the mandarin oranges into the mixture.  Cover and refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil.  Place fish on pan and baste with butter.  Sprinkle lemon pepper, tarragon, and salt evenly over each piece of fish.  Bake fish until done (approximately 15 minutes).

Arrange fish on the plate and serve with salsa over the top.

Social Bookmarks

About the Author

Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit

Comments (0)

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.

Cancel Submitting comment...