Chef’s Plate Review: Blackened Fish & Tomatillo Salsa

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We order 3 new Chef’s Plate recipes each week, and have been since August of 2016. Here’s a look at one of the recipes we received this past week….

Blackened Fish & Tomatillo Salsa Over Honey-Lime Couscous

Flakey tilapia seasoned with a signature blackening spice medley brings the smoldering smoke in this zippy dish. The colourful couscous salad bursting with cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and fresh mint delivers sunshine to your plate!


  • 2 Tilapia Fillets
  • 4oz Couscous
  • 4 oz Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Tomatillos
  • 2 oz Mexican Green Chilies
  • 8 g Fresh Mint
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 oz Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 pack Honey
  • 4 g Blackening Seasoning


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Wash and dry the produce. Halve the lime, small dice tomatillos, halve the cherry tomatoes, finely chop the mint leaves, halve and small dice the shallot.
  2. Cook the Couscous: In a small pot add 3/4 cup of water. Season with salt, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the couscous. Gently shake the pot so the couscous rests in an even layer. Cover and remove the pot from the heat. Set aside for 5 minutes to rehydrate.
  3. Cook the Tilapia: Dry the tilapia with paper towel and season both sides with the blackening spice mix, salt and pepper. In a large pan heat 2 tsp oil over medium high. Cook the tilapia for 4 minutes per side. Remove the tilapia from the pan and wipe pan clean.
  4. Cook the Tomatillo Salsa: In the same pan, heat 2 tsp oil over medium high. Add the shallot and tomatillos. Cook 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the green chilies and juice from 1/2 the lime. Cook for 1 minute to warm through. Season with salt.
  5. Finish the Couscous: In a large bowl, add the honey, remaining lime juice and 2 tsp oil. Whisk to dissolve the honey. Add the cooked couscous, pumpkin seeds, cherry tomatoes, and mint. Toss well to coat.
  6. Plate & Serve: Plate the couscous salad and top with the blackened tilapia. Spoon the tomatillo salsa over top.
  7. Enjoy!

Thoughts: Chef’s Plate continues to amaze me. They manage to create new recipes each week and they always have healthy options. Take this recipe for example. Fish, couscous, fresh vegetables and a simple dressing. It was easy to make, as are all their recipes, and the portion sizes were perfect. I had one serving for lunch and will have the other serving for dinner. I felt completely satisfied but not too full. It had just the right amount of seasoning and flavour. Chef’s Plate continues to be a favourite in our house.


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