Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pounds thin, tender asparagus, trimmed

3 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint leaves

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 tilapia fillets (about 1 pound total), halved

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus 4 teaspoons oil for drizzling


  1. 1. Put a steamer basket in a large pot over 1-inch of boiling salted water. Add the asparagus; cover and steam until it is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. 2. In a small dish, stir together the mint, garlic, lemon zest and pepper flakes.
  3. 3. Brush the tilapia with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 tilapia fillets to hot pan; cook, turning once, until opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes total. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining tilapia.
  4. 4. Serve the tilapia with the asparagus; garnish with gremolata mixture. Drizzle the asparagus and fish with olive oil, if desired.