Break out the tequila shots.

Okay, I lied. Don’t break out the tequila.

Break out the rum!

Mr. How Sweet and I are huge fans of mojitos. And yes, Mr. How Sweet is willing to sacrifice his manhood and admit that. Even if he didn’t know I was planning on announcing it to the entire internet.


But that’s no big deal. If I really wanted to humiliate him, I’d mention his Hannah Montana obsession. Which is not even exaggerated. It’s quite odd.

I was lucky enough to find a lovely avocado in my grocery store, even though I had to sell my first unborn child for it. I just couldn’t make this recipe without it.


I’ve had visions of seafood and mojitos mixed in a recipe for months. I have a big notebook where I scribble my recipe ideas, grocery lists, foodie items I can’t afford, plots to destroy the turkey, bacon creations and Christian Louboutin wish lists that never leaves my side. I’m quite unorganized so you can just imagine what a trainwreck it is.

Last week, I was finally brave enough to try the mojito combination for lunch. I’m not sure what was holding me back. Perhaps it was Mr. How Sweet’s tight grip on the rum bottle? Either way, it took a bit of convincing, which was unusual.

I usually don’t need any convincing about rum come lunchtime.

I took a poll on Twitter and Facebook last night as to what sort of recipe you wanted to see today: sweet or savory? Savory won with an overwhelming majority, and I have to say that I agree. Is it possible to be cookie-ed out by December 10th?

If it is, you’re in luck. This is such a fun dish! The mojito tilapia can be made and served in a multitude of ways, but I chose to flake it and serve it on some crispy, baked whole wheat tortillas. I absolutely loved the layers of flavors and the citrus burst.  This is now one of my new favorite ways to eat fish.

Anything that comes in “bites” is much more fun to eat.



Mojito Tilapia

serves 2

2-3 tilapia filets (about 8-10 ounces)

2 tablespoons rum

1/4 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons lime zest

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 avocado, chopped

1 shallot, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped mint AND/OR 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

2 4-inch (or small in size) whole wheat tortillas

In a bowl, mix rum, lime juice, garlic, sugar and 1 teaspoon lime zest. Season tilapia with salt and pepper and place in a ziplock bag; pour in lime juice mixture. Let marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Fish may turn opaque and appear to be “cooked” (like ceviche) – you can use it this way, but I choose to cook it.

Preheat oven to 375. 30 minutes before cooking tilapia, cut tortillas into triangles, spritz with olive oil, season with salt and pepper,and lay on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, watching closely and flipping halfway through.

You can either bake the tilapia (400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes, depending on how thick the filets are) or pan-fry it. Heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with olive oil. Cook tilapia for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Once fish is cooked, flake it with a fork and mix with chopped shallots, chopped avocado, remaining lime zest, cilantro and/or mint. I loved the combination or cilantro and mint, but I would suggest trying it before making an entire bowl of it.

Add a few spoonfuls of tilapia mix to tortilla chips. Garnish with sour cream or greek yogurt and salsa verde.


No fear. I will be back tomorrow to contribute to your holiday weight gain. ‘Tis the season!

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88 Responses to “Mojito Tilapia Taco Bites.”

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    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun — December 10, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    I love any kind of Mexican food! These would make great appetizers! Thanks :-D

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    Jenn — December 10, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    These look wonderful! I think I may have to make them for my work Christmas party next week!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 10, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    This looks delicious…. but all I can picture is Mr. How Sweet sitting in a chair drinking his Mojito with his pleather Dale Earnhart stocking, a stuffed turkey, and bobble heads in the background. This is your fault you know ;)

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

      Imagine living here… that’s real life.

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    Chelsea — December 10, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    Sounds amazing! I love fish tacos, just ate that last night for dinner. Stumbled across your pages, and I’m hooked. :]
    Also, I did your Core workout Wednesday and am still wincing in pain everytime I move, sneeze, breathe, etc. Haha. But, I’m noy complaining. Its that good burn!!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked the workout.

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — December 10, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    A great appetizer or a main dish?! Decisions, decisions!

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    Angela @ A Healthy Fit — December 10, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Yum! Secret confession: My hubs has a weird Hannah Montana thing too. Although, ever since she started going more “Britney”, he doesn’t like her as much. We use to watch HM all the time! True story.

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

      What is it with them??

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    Vanessa — December 10, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    I’ve been craving fish tacos for the longest time!! And now I want them even more…with a mojito. Yum!! Glad you did the savory.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — December 10, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    What a great appetizer!!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — December 10, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    My boys love fish tacos and Tony is a huge fan of mojitos, so this would definitely make them happy! It looks delicious!

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    Tiffany @ Conor & Bella — December 10, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    I love mojitos! My husband made a batch last year and they were soo good. I’m a vegetarian/almost vegan so I wonder what I could replace the fish with…

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      Ooooh I am not sure… I’ve never had tofu/tempeh/anything like that. If you come up with something, let me know!

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    Heather — December 10, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    the best part is that the portion sizes don’t matter since they’re bite-sized…right? please tell me i’m right… ;)

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      You’re right!

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    Liz — December 10, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Ah, love these – my family has a tradition of eating all appetizers on Christmas eve instead of a dinner. I think I might add these!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      We do that too! Just a ton of appetizers.

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 10, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    what a cute and fun way to eat! i love mojitos too, i had an amazing blueberry mojito this summer and have been thinking about it since

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

      Now you’ve got me thinking about that.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) — December 10, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Rum, avocado, awesome fish….yum. Great job! I think the only thing you’re missing is a Caribbean fruity drink in your hand. Come’on down to the beach with me! :)

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    Erica — December 10, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    So pretty- and those crispy tortillas underneath are the perfect touch. I bet I could use the crackers I made yesterday with these too. Hmmm…

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

      Definitely!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 10, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    These sound so fun! They also make me wish I was sitting on a beach in the Dominican or Mexico or something, rather than freezing up here in Ontario. Ohh a girl can dream… :)

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    Katie — December 10, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, Meeker loves Hannah Montana, too. Or Miley Cirus – it doesn’t matter. It is odd to say the least.

    Also, I LOVE mojitos, too – but haven’t had one in 5 months, and CAN’T have one for another 5 months. These little bites are the perfect thing to satisfy my need for one!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

      Yes! It’s the whole Miley Cyrus thing. Obsessed!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) — December 10, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    So, so cute. These would be an awesome appetizer for a fancy dinner party. Or great snackfood for watching football in elastic waistband pants to accomodate consumption of cakebatter bark.

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    Kelly — December 10, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Pefect! This looks amazing…dinner tonight? I think so! And I guess this is better than savory oats! haha!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

      Heheheh… I wouldn’t suggest putting tilapia in savory oats. :)

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    Matt — December 10, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    That seriously looks awesome. Bravo :)

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    Holly @ couchpotatoathlete — December 10, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    I hear you on the avocados — I cannot find a good one to save my life! Every trip to the grocery store involves touching every avocado to find a good one :(

    I wish they were in season year round!

    I love meals like this – on chips, presented like finger food. it just makes it fun!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

      Tell me about it! There are literally ones rotting away in my grocery store that still cost $3 a piece.

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    Teri [a foodie stays fit] — December 10, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    I have GOT to try these! Yum!

    Um, is Mr. How Sweet really obsessed with Hannah Montana? hahahahaha!

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

      Yes. He is.

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — December 10, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Yumm!! Tilapia’s such a mild fish, I bet the mojito lime flavor really stand out. Delicious :)

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    Window On The Prairie — December 10, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    I’ve never had fish tacos because it just didn’t sound very good. But this changes my mind – they look so tasty. Will give it a try. Thanks Jessica!
    Suzanne

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

      You must try! They are really tasty.

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    Brittany — December 10, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    I think these would be great for a party – refreshing little bites.

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    Kate @ahealthypassion — December 10, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    These look awesome i’ll have to make them this week. What a creative idea.. I absolutely love mojitos!

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    Anne Marie — December 10, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    Bookmarked. This looks absolutely delicious!! A nice summery recipe to zap us out of the winter blues :) …and an awesome excuse for margaritas!!

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    Leah @ Why Deprive? — December 10, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    This is such a cool idea!
    My boyfriend is in love with mojitos too. When we go out for dinner, he’s always the one with the girly drinks. :)

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

      Same here!

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    Sarah — December 10, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    Note to self: Stop reading How Sweet It Is in the morning, for all I do is torture myself throughout the rest of the day..

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this… yummy yummy. Begin salavating now.

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    Jenna — December 10, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    ohhhh this looks soo good! it’s early morning here and i’m craving tilapia in a bad way! yum!

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    thehealthyapron — December 10, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    You’re officially invited to my white elephant party tonight…so can you bring these as an appetizer? love you thanks! ;)

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

      Would love to!

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    Moni'sMeals — December 10, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Looks sooooo good!

    I stilll love all your “sweet” recipes too, best of both worlds!

    :)

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    maggie — December 10, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    Wow, this is my kind of lunch. I starred the recipe in my google reader to make soon!

    My boyfriend also loves mojitos, and actually had a bartender tease him about it a couple weeks ago. He ordered a mojito and a beer (for me), and when we each picked up our drink the bartender commented how he expected it to be the other way around.

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    • Jessica — December 10th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

      Hahaha – we have had people do that to us too!

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    the blissful baker — December 10, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    mmm these look super tasty!

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    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons — December 10, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    soooo making these! year round, even! =)

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 10, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Ok so I don’t eat fish… don’t hate me! But, I might give this recipe a try… or if I wimp out, I’ll try it with chicken?!

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) — December 10, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    YUUUUUUUUUM. I am a huge fan of mojito’s… what a great idea!!

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — December 10, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

    These look amazing! :)

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    Noelle — December 10, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    ha ha ha ha ha, you had to sell your unborn child for that avocado?? I know hwat you mean! I was in COlorado last month and they were so friggin expensive. BUt, when you need it, you need it. Great recipe. Looks tatsy indeed!

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    nico — December 10, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    this reminds me of fish tacos I made once but my boyfriend hated because everything wouldn’t fit in the shell! This would be a great alternative to that; I love it!

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    Holly — December 10, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    this is genius. end of story. i want, i want, i want.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — December 10, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    yesssssss can’t wait to make this!! bliss!

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    val — December 10, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    Brilliant!

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    Tracy — December 10, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    I’m a little cookie-d out, so these definitely sound good to me! Plus, I love anything with rum in it, so I can’t wait to try them!

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    Low — December 10, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    I LOVE mojitos! I don’t drink them often enough…

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    Jenny — December 10, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Ah, we have so much in common- love of mojitos, Laboutins, cheese, this recipe as soon as I can make it… (thank goodness I’ve been instructed to eat fish a couple of times a month!)

    I carry three notebooks with me at all times. One for foodie stuff and recipes, another for interesting quotes, lyrics, etc. and one that is just a giant ongoing “To-do List.” It’s a little sick.

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:54 am

      We are soul sisters.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 10, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    Bites are definitely more fun to eat! This sounds like such a tropical dish and I am craving it right now. I used to hate tilapia but now I can’t get enough of it (same with catfish). Great recipe!

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    Heather — December 10, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    How creative! I love mojitos too and I’m always looking for ways to spruce up fish! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    http://www.snacktive.blogspot.com

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:53 am

      You too! :)

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    Samantha — December 10, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    This looks phenomenal! I love mojitos, rum, lime, etc, etc. And bacon! Can I hire you to be my personal chef? :)

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    • Jessica — December 11th, 2010 @ 2:52 am

      Yes please! Do you like bacon?

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    Salah@myhealthiestlife — December 11, 2010 @ 12:10 am

    these look so great!!! I love me a mojito :-)

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