Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa

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Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa: “Crispy on the outside and buttery in the inside” fish seared in Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil.

Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa

Paired with fresh fruit salsa is bursting with summer flavors and is a perfect Al-Fresco family style meal that’s ready in 20 minutes. spicy-pan-seared-fish

Summer is in full swing and so are the summer parties, bbq’s and al-fresco style meal that can be prepared in few minutes and can be enjoyed with the whole family.

So here I’m with this Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa that can be made in no time in your home kitchen but also looks straight out of a restaurant.


Fish is one of my favorite party foods as it doesn’t need too much seasoning, cooks easily and is liked by all (adults + kids).

This summer season, I’ve decided to pair it with a mango-strawberry salsa (or you can call it a fruit salsa).

And to add that extra crispiness along with sweet-spicy flavors, I’m searing it using our favorite Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil.

If you’ve never tried this technique before, then you are missing out on some Really Amazing Flavors!!!


We are a huge fan of the Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, as it’s made with really simple ingredients like:

Sweet cream

Canola oil


Which gives you the fresh butter taste you love with the spreadable convenience you want, right out of the refrigerator.

Apart from it being our regular breakfast essential (read Must Have’s), we love using Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil for sautéing and searing.




You can see above that we very lightly coated the fish with a spicy paste along with a sprinkle of homemade flour (mentioned in recipe ingredients).

 Then added 3tbsp of butter with canola oil to sizzle & sear the entire fish fillet.

This buttery sear gives it a bright golden crust that’s extremely crisp yet light.


While the fish sears, you can make the fresh fruit salsa, cling wrap or seal it and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.


I recommend making a huge batch of this fruit salsa as it finishes really fast and you might not even get a second helping.

So make two batches and keep one in the fridge while you serve the first one.

I recommend serving the Pan Seared Fish along with steamed rice as that goes really well with the lightness of the meal.

However, you can serve it with any grain of choice like quinoa, couscous, etc.




So this summer season, enjoy this Al-Fresco kind of Pan Seared Fish meal that’s filled with light and fresh flavors.

Also, as mentioned above, use Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil in not just your breakfast menu, but also to enjoy cooking light and flavorful meals.





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Yields 4 People

4 Pieces


Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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4 Tilapia Fillets - cleaned

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil

1/4 Cup Rice - coarsely powdered

3 Tbsp Flour - you can use plain flour or any glutenfree flour if need be

2 Cups Rice - cooked as per package instruction or use any grain of choice

1 Lime - thinly sliced - for decoration

Few Sprigs of Mint Leaves - for decoration

Fish Marinade:

1 Tbsp Chili Sauce - use any as per choice

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp Ginger Powder

1/4 Tsp Salt

1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper - optional

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Fresh Fruit Salsa:

1 Large Mango - cleaned, peeled and thinly chopped (discard the seed)

1 Cup Strawberries - cleaned and thinly chopped

1 Small Red Onion - cleaned and thinly chopped

10 Mint Leaves - cleaned and thinly chopped

Juice of 1 Lime

1/4 Tsp Pink Salt - you can use regular salt too

1/4 Tsp Pepper


    Marinate the Fish: (5 minutes)
  1. In a large bowl/plate, add the marinade spices and mix well.
  2. Add the fish and coat the marinade on both sides.
  3. Keep aside for 5 minutes
  4. Make the Fruit Salsa:
  5. In a large bowl, add all the fruit salsa ingredients and mix evenly.
  6. Cling wrap or cover with a large plate and keep in fridge until ready to serve the fish.
  7. Making the Pan Seared Fish:
  8. Mix the rice powder and flour together.
  9. Sprinkle the marinated fish evenly on both sides with the rice powder mix.
  10. Heat a large skillet and add 2tbsp Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil .
  11. Let the butter with canola oil sizzle and melt for 30 seconds.
  12. Add the coated fish and let it cook on each side for 2-3 minutes over medium heat or until crispy golden brown.
  13. Remove the fish once cooked on both sides.
  14. Serve the Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa:
  15. In a large serving plate or oval bowl, add rice.
  16. Now place the pan seared fish on top of the rice.
  17. Sprinkle fruit salsa on top and add sliced lemon and mint leaves.
  18. Serve immediately with some fruit salsa on the side.


Main Course
Pan Seared
egg free
soy free
peanut free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



509 cal


23 g


55 g


21 g
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12 Replies to "Pan Seared Fish with Fruit Salsa"

  • Karly June 10, 2018 (3:43 pm)
    This looks amazing! Oh and that fruit salsa!! Gotta try this!
    • Molly Kumar June 10, 2018 (7:37 pm)
      Thanks Karly and looking forward to you trying it soon :)
  • Jessica Formicola June 8, 2018 (9:12 pm)
    That fruit salsa is amazing!!
    • Molly Kumar June 10, 2018 (3:45 am)
      Thanks, it's really delicious and ready in 2 minutes.
  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest June 8, 2018 (9:05 pm)
    I love a good fish dinner and that fruit salsa sounds outstanding! Great light meal for summer too!
    • Molly Kumar June 10, 2018 (3:50 am)
      Thanks you so much Lisa. This is one of our favorite Fish recipe and glad you liked it.
  • camila June 8, 2018 (8:37 pm)
    Oh man this looks so amazing!! I gotta pin it so I can remember to make is this upcoming week. I am just making my menu for the week!! Need this!!!
    • Molly Kumar June 10, 2018 (3:50 am)
      Thanks Camila and looking forward to you trying it soon :)
  • Veena Azmanov June 8, 2018 (8:37 pm)
    I love pan seared fish made like this, simple and delicious. That fruit salsa sounds so wonderful. This would be a wonderful weekday meal in our home. That butter with canola sounds so flavorful. Yum!
  • Marisa Moore June 8, 2018 (8:11 pm)
    Crispy on the outside, buttery inside? That's exactly how I imagine this fish would be. It looks incredible, Molly!
    • Molly Kumar June 8, 2018 (8:19 pm)
      Thanks Marisa and so glad you liked it.

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