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Spicy Baked Tilapia with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

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I originally had plans to grill these, as I’ve been on a HUGE grilling kick already this summer, but since I had never grilled fish before, I thought I better do my homework first. 

I had visions of my pretty fillets sticking to the grill, or even worse, flaking and falling apart into the fiery pit of death and burning to a blackened crisp. And there’s no crying in grilling, so this was simply not going to happen. 


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After reading up, I decided that since this was a flaky fish and the fillets were delicate and at least partially thin, that grilling would not be a wise decision.

I was a little disappointed, and almost tried it anyways, but my better judgment grabbed me by my ear and led me back into the house.

I will certainly try grilling fish soon, but will stick with nice thick cuts like cod, salmon or other chunky-style fish and leave the thinner fillets for the pan or oven! 😉    


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So after plan “A” went quickly to plan “B”……plan “C” was about to happen. My fearless Walmart hunter had returned from the hunt with the groceries. 

And this “orange” that I had asked for was definitely in the citrus family…but was one HUMUNGOUS and odd-curious looking “orange”. Uh, oh. Yay. 


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So after getting everything put away, I hacked into this thing to find that it was some type of Ruby Red Grapefruit! Oooooookay. I can deal with this.

And that I did. And you know what? It was AWESOME.

It was even better than anything else I could’ve chosen or even quickly subbed. I love a little challenge and it worked just fine. GREAT in fact!

So well that I’m going to be using them a LOT more in the future!

So this one, single grapefruit was easily stretched to make not one, not two – – but THREE different dishes for supper! 


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The fish baked up to be mild, sweet, tender, and juicy with a nice spice, not too hot, and the Ruby Red Grapefruit juice was the perfect splash of flavor to brighten it all up!

Like a little ray of sunshine!

The salsa on top was incredibly delicious, and even the asparagus got a nice surprise as well. 😉

All in all, it was the perfect summertime meal that we enjoyed out on the deck by the lake! It’s going to be a GREAT summer! 😀 😉


Served with my Strawberry Mango Kiwi Salsa with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice and Fresh Asparagus with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice & Honey-Butter!   


Yield: 5

Spicy Baked Tilapia with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Spicy Baked Tilapia with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice


For Spice Mix:

  • 1 tsp. quality chili powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Rest of Ingredients:

  • 5 nice tilapia fillets (2 1/4 lbs.)
  • 1/4 of a Ruby Red Grapefruit


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large baking sheet (with edges, not flat) with foil and spray with butter-flavored no-stick spray. (I like Crisco’s.)
  • Rinse fillets in cold water and pat dry. Place fillets onto prepared baking sheet ugly side up.
  • In small bowl, mix together spice mix until well combined. Sprinkle fillets evenly with half of the spice mix. Turn fillets over to pretty side and repeat. *Do not rub in or you’ll just gum it up and rub it off.
  • Squeeze half of the quarter of the grapefruit juice over the fillets and pop into preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until done. (My oven took the full 20 minutes, but the fillets were gorgeous!) *Time depends on thickness of fillets. So, check after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven when fish is done and looks like it’s starting to separate, and squeeze rest of juice from the quarter of grapefruit over fillets. Let rest a few minutes on baking sheet, then serve hot with fruit salsa if desired. A nice “green rice” pilaf (cilantro rice), or side vegetable or salad, is also very good with this.


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    Friday 13th of June 2014

    I really enjoy Tilapia and am always looking for additional ways to prepare it! This looks amazing and so flavorful!


    Friday 13th of June 2014

    Thanks, Kecia! :D I loved this, and I'm not much of a seafood lover! We really enjoyed it, and it even tasted like summer! :D I so hope you enjoy it, too!! :)

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