The fresh, bursting, tropical taste of mango makes a delicious main ingredient for salsa. Whether it's spicy or on the sweeter side, this condiment pairs deliciously with a variety of fish for a delectable dinner. You can use either fresh or frozen mango to make this versatile salsa. It complements most fish but works especially well with tilapia, mahi-mahi, salmon and even fried fish.
Fresh Mango Salsa
To create a simple yet tasty salsa, mix chopped, pitted and peeled mango with chopped red bell pepper and green onions or finely chopped red onions. Add finely chopped fresh cilantro, lime juice, a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Make the salsa a few hours before you plan to serve it and place it in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to merge.
Grilled Fish and More
Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin or dorado, is a firm-fleshed fish that is perfect for grilling. Halibut is another delicious fish that cooks well on a grill. You can grill fillets of the fish or cut the fish into chunks to be placed on skewers. Season the fish with olive oil, salt and pepper and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Place onto a grill and cook until fish is slightly browned on the outside and the flesh is opaque. Serve alongside cooked rice and mango salsa.
Mango salsa complements fish tacos. Use fried fish for a Baja-style taco or a healthier, seasoned, pan-cooked fish. Cook your fish as desired, seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices such as cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Heat flour tortillas in a pan until they are warm. Add shredded cabbage, then fish, and top with mango salsa. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and a wedge of lime. Serve with black beans and rice.
Wrap It Up
Use tilapia to make fish wraps. It's firm, cooks quickly and adapts to a wide range of spices. Cook your fish as desired. Using a large flour tortilla, place shredded lettuce or cut-up fresh spinach in the center of the wrap. Add your fish and sliced avocado, and top with fresh mango salsa. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll up the remainder, enclosing your fillings inside the wrap. Slice the wrap in half for easier handling. Whole wheat or spinach wraps make this dish even healthier.
Salmon works especially well paired with mango salsa; the slightly sweet flesh of the fish complements the sweet mango and spicy onion. Salmon steaks brushed with olive oil cook easily on a grill, while you can pan cook fillets or put them in the oven. Serve cooked salmon with couscous or quinoa and mango salsa for a decadent yet healthy meal.
Mango Salsa Variations
Many delicious variations exist on the basic salsa recipe. Add chopped fresh tomatoes and a bit of jalapeno for a spicy mango salsa; pineapple adds an even more tropical taste to this condiment. Chopped fresh avocado adds a depth of creaminess to mangoes. For a refreshing twist on mango salsa, add cut-up peaches; the sweet nectar flavor merges well with the onions for an unexpected taste. These salsas also complement seafood such as shrimp or scallops. Blend your salsa in a blender for a smoother, velvety puree.
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