The Cooking Process:
Preparing the Ingredients: I started preparations by peeling the mango, removing the flesh from the pit and cutting it into thin matchsticks. I also halved the lime. That’s it – as easy as that – everything else was ready to go!
Making the slaw: I placed the mango, cabbage, and a squeeze of lime juice in a medium bowl and seasoned with salt and pepper. Please note that I also added some olive oil even though it wasn’t in the original recipe. I tossed all of this to combine and then set aside.
Cooking the fish: Firstly, I set aside ½ tsp of the Southwesters spice in a small bowl. Then I seasoned the tilapia with salt, pepper, and the remaining Southwestern spice and some olive oil, making sure that I rubbed it into all the flesh of the fish. I cooked the fish in the stove for 12 minutes at a 425F heat which was not what was suggested in the original recipe. To be honest, I simply prefer it cooked in the stove, even if it takes few more minutes. It also means that there are less fishy odors in your kitchen!
Making the crema: While the fish was cooking, I added the sour cream and a pinch of chipotle powder to the bowl with the reserved Southwestern seasoning and seasoned with salt and pepper. I stirred in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture was drizzly and of a good consistency.
Plating and serving: I wrapped the tortillas in a paper towel and then warmed them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Once warm, I placed 2 tortillas on each plate. I then broke up the tilapia into bite-sized pieces and divided between the tortillas. To finish the dish I topped with slaw, drizzled with crema and garnished with some whole cilantro leaves. Bon appétit!
On a Personal Note:
This was very easy to make, perfect for a beginner, and was such a lovely taco dinner. The mango went well with the southwestern spice that was used to season the fish. The crema added to the overall flavor and was a surprising yet delicious combination! I am not a big fan of tilapia but the one provided by HelloFresh was soft, moist and delicate and the fishy taste was not too strong at all!
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