Indian Spiced Tilapia with Watermelon Salsa white plate fork alongside
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Indian Spiced Tilapia w/ Watermelon salsa

Garam masala, an Indian spice blend, is delicious on tilapia, balancing the slightly sweet fillets with gently warming. The boldy flavored fish is made even more magical when it's paired with a harmonizing watermelon salsa.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 223
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • 4 skinless tilapia fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garam masala**
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil


First Make The Watermelon Salsa:

  • In a medium bowl gently toss together the watermelon, red onion, mint, half the salt, cayenne, lime juice and agave nectar to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare and Cook the Tilapia:

  • Sprinkle both sides of the fish with garam masala and salt.
  • In a large skillet heat the oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the fish and cook, turning once for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  • Serve with watermelon salsa.

To Make Your Own Garam Masala:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon ground cumin,1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg in a bowl.
  • Place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.

Recipe Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *6
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *3
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *1
Nutrition Facts
Indian Spiced Tilapia w/ Watermelon salsa
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th recipe)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 36g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: tilapia recipe, tilapia with garam masala, tilapia with watermelon salsa