Do you know how I really want to tell you about this recipe?

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa I

Probably not. I mean, the mere thought of what I want to do is practically extinct, let alone the actual method – which is most definitely obsolete.

But ideally, right this instant, I want to record it on a tape… a, cassette tape? and send it to you in the mail. Not on my iPhone. Not on a tape recorder that’s smaller that my eyeball. Not through that weird app that lets you send voice messages to each other that I think is awesome but apparently am not cool enough to use. We are talking a real life cassette tape. That would be fun, right? Everyone loves to get mail.

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa I

Really, I’m just deep in the throes of a heated Felicity marathon. If you couldn’t tell. The fact is that I seriously have no idea how I am ever going to get anything in my life accomplished ever, well… ever again. At least until I make it through the whole series again. And maybe… again? Why I’m so fascinated with what I find to be one of the best shows to ever grace any television in the last 20 years, a show that is essentially about a girl following a boy across the country and reading waaaay too much into his dumb sentences and over analyzing the inflection of his voice… I don’t know. I just love it.

This is approximately the 12th blog post where I talk about just how MUCH I love it.

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa I

Okay, maybe I won’t subject you to that. BUT. Let’s at least talk about the perfection that is baby-faced Scott Foley (who, when appeared on True Blood, still could find me shouting at the TV “omg there’s Noel! I love Noel! his name will forever be Noel!”) or the fact that Felicity often uses a PAY PHONE (a what?) or even that there are SO many people, like reverse future cameos, that you never knew actually had a part in the show. Like the pink power ranger.

Too much?

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa I

Fine fine. If you’re essentially unaware of those blissful four years that began in 1998 and brought us wonders such as Jennifer Garner, we can talk about this coconut tilapia.

It’s too simple to really be called a recipe; after all it’s just cooked in coconut oil (my favorite way ever) and covered in toasted coconut which blankets the top just enough to be crust-worthy without all of the work. But it goes without saying that any type of fruit salsa is always the part I love in a recipe, and given my fascination with pomegranates… it was only a matter of time.

I will eat almost anything covered in fruit salsa. Almost. Not looking at you, broccoli.

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa I


Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 30 minutes


4 tilapia filets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lemon, cut in half
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tomato, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
the juice of 1/2 lime
the juice of 1/2 orange
1/4 teaspoon salt


To toast coconut, add to a saucepan over low-medium heat and stir, cooking for about 4-5 minutes. As soon as mine starts to turn golden, I use a wooden spoon and toss continuously until it's evenly toasted. Set aside.

Season tilapia on both sides with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add coconut oil. Once the oil is completely melted, add tilapia and cook until the edges are opaque, about 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula, gently flip the fish. Immediately cover in half of the toasted coconut mixture, and as the fish cooks the coconut will somewhat "adhere" to it. Once the tilapia is easily flaked with a fork, remove it from the skillet and top with the remaining toasted coconut if desired. Serve with pomegranate salsa on top!

Combine all ingredients together and mix! Can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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Now back to work. And by work I mean season 3 when things reeeeeeally heat up.

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161 Responses to “Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa.”

  1. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    Great flavors, I can’t wait to try this.


  2. #
    Milisa @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 10, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    Pomegranate salsa over tilapia, my boys will go crazy for this!


  3. #
    Alyson — January 10, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    Pomegranate seeds with fish! Genius! I can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing!


  4. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — January 10, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    Is it weird that I remember that the Pink Ranger’s name was Kimberly? Is it weirder that I think I remember all of their names? Jason, Billy, Zach annnnnd Trina? Uhh yeah, that’s embarrassing. I don’t remember all of the state capitals, or the periodic table of elements, but I remember the names of fictional crime fighters that I haven’t thought about since I was 8. Thanks brain.


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    Jenna @ — January 10, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    This looks delish.

    I am kind of jealous of your Felicity marathon right now. I was obsessed with that show, kind of the way Felicity is obsessed with Ben. That and the first few seasons of Dawson’s Creek. Wednesday nights used to be the best when they were on back to back.


  6. #
    Meagan — January 10, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I LOVE that you are in-love with Felicity. I have the whole series on DVD and watch it anytime my husband is out of town. I am totally obsessed!!!


  7. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 10, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Those rich colors look divine. Wow, I am such a fan of tilapia. Nice use of pomegranate as well!


  8. #
    Liz @ leave a happy plate — January 10, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Ohmygosh I LOVE Felicity too!!! Wish I could be watching it right now!! :) This recipe looks great too, can’t wait to try it.


  9. #
    Lauren — January 10, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I knew I read your blog for a reason! Besides the food. Your taste in tv is Ah-mazing. I mean I get you on Homeland all the way, but now I know how you feel about the best show ever created…#youhadmeatcassettetape. I watch Last Resort on Thursday nights just to see Ben (it will probably be cancelled *sigh*). Also did you see that starting January 30th on FX “The Americans” premiers starring…Felicity.
    P.S. Anyone who did not appreciate the haircut in season 2 is crazy #notatruefan.


  10. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — January 10, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Cracking up because I was OBSESSED with felicity and just adores Noel. That is actually in contention for my son’s name, to be born in March, because I loved him so much.


  11. #
    Cass — January 10, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious. Also, I think I love TV as much as you do. I just had a Felicity marathon this summer!!


  12. #
    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — January 10, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Wow! Now THIS is the way to enjoy Tilapia! I’d stopped eating it because it’s so bland…but this looks mouth-watering!


  13. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — January 10, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    This looks fantastic. I love this crazy fruit salsa. I can’t wait to try it.


  14. #
    Micah Tjeerdsma — January 10, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    So I feel like I need to let you know that I started watching Felicity today. Like, for the first time. Ever. Not this year, but seriously ever. And I’m pretty much in love. So thanks so much…for another angsty teen show for this almost 35-year old to love.


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    Leah — January 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    OH BOY. I am making this for dinner tonight! But what would you suggest as a side dish?


    • Jessica — January 10th, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

      jasmine rice would be my #1 – but any rice would do!


  16. #
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — January 10, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Your pictures are mouth watering!! This looks and sounds fantasitc. Can you say dinner?? :-)


  17. #
    Liz — January 10, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    OMG – just have to say that I’ve also been having a Netflix Felicity marathon – I love it! :-) I knew there was a reason I like your blog so much.


  18. #
    Janelle — January 11, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Your Felicity-speak makes me giddy. Seriously though, Noel or Ben? (Ben for life!)


  19. #
    natalie — January 11, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    and can you believe felicity is now a spy on FX ?! i was all “IS THAT FELICITY?! WHAAAA?!???!?!” i’m totally watching it. can’t. wait. i’m running out of things to watch at the gym, maybe i’ll have to be obnoxious and watch felicity at the gym while running 2348934 mph … or you know, dragging my half-dead carcass down the treadmill. whatever.


  20. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — January 11, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    MMmmmmm…this looks heavenly! I’m not usually a fruit salsa fan, but I’m pretty sure I could tear this up.


  21. #
    Grace — January 11, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Your blog is so yummy and I like this recipe ~

    Very creative way of cooking fish ~


  22. #
    Donna — January 12, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    Made this tonight….TOTAL SUCCESS….This is a gorgeous, succulent, easy and impressive dish….and I cannot say enough about its sheer wonderfulness….Thank you so very much for this new, and permanent, addition to our family list of “must” dinner recipes….You are brilliant and I thank you for this astounding addition…How DO you keep coming up with these demonstrations of culinary brilliance Jessica…you are my hero-in-the-kitchen.


  23. #
    Noelle — January 14, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I love Felicity too! I’ve been watching it with my Mom and sister on Netflix. It is such a good show. Your blog is awesome. Your recipes are unique and I can’t wait to try some.


  24. #
    Rachel — January 19, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Hooooooooly moly, this was awesome. The husband is a fisherman, so I’m always looking for new ways to use up the fish that fill the freezer. Made this with walleye, served over a bed of lemon jasmine rice, and tossed a jalapeño in with the pomegranate salsa. Divine, I say. Thanks. :)


  25. #
    Laura — January 21, 2013 @ 1:38 am

    You had me until you didn’t mention be still my beating heart Scott Speedman…. ;)


  26. #
    Soon to be Mrs. G — January 28, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    My fiancé and I made this tonight and LOVED the tilapia. All of our local stores were out of pomegranate so I subbed mango in its place. It was an okay alternative for those times when you are hard pressed but we are both looking forward to this meal again – WITH pomegranate!!!


  27. #
    juliana loh (@bilbaobab) — January 31, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    YUM!!! this looks and sounds delicious!!! nice touch with coconut, coconut oil and pomegranate – all with great health properties!!!


  28. #
    Meredith — February 12, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Another success! I swear ever recipe on your blog comes out amazing! This was my first time experimenting with coconut oil! It was so easy to use! i love the salsa for this dish. I could eat every day!


  29. #
    Liz @ leave a happy plate — February 21, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Just made this for dinner last night! I am now officially obsessed with toasted cocounut. Made a coffee smoothie with the leftovers this morning! Thanks for the great recipes, as usual!


  30. #
    Riley — March 14, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    I am laughing so hard right now. Season 3 really is the best, when Ben and Felicity are finally happy for a while! I feel like I’ve had this whole Felicity conversation before, especially when Javier popped up on Cougartown!! With that said, I think I’ll start re-watching season 1!


  31. #
    Larissa in South Kakalaki — December 29, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Used coconut-crusted tilapia from Harris Teeter fish counter and made the pomegranate salsa–delicious together! Thanks for sharing!


  32. #
    Jessica Z. — May 20, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    I was wondering, what would be a good substitute for Pomegranite? There doesn’t seem to be any at the local places here. I’ve got just about all the ingredients together and am so psyched to try this!!!



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