Super easy healthy one-pan skinny Tex-Mex fish baked in a bath of zesty homemade salsa with black beans, corn, cilantro and lime.
What's to Love
You are just going to love this dish as it is done all in one pan and in just 30 little minutes. Baked Skinny Tex-Mex Fish is diabetic friendly, cardiac friendly, low carb, gluten-free, egg free, dairy free, low-fat and just darn delicious.
Do you remember a few months ago I posted a recipe for Healthy Mediterranean Baked fish? The fish literally poaches in the with the tomatoes and Mediterranean flavors. This delightful baked skinny Tex-Mex fish works the same way but with delicious Tex-Mex flavors instead.
I first made a quick and easy fresh tomato salsa/ pico de gallo in my food processor. Seriously, I cannot be bothered to be cutting up all of the tomatoes into micro cubes so I just whiz it up instead in my food processor with fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, lime and a little mild Chinese green chili (as I cannot find jalapeño in Hong Kong). It's a breeze to make.
You can either make your fresh salsa hot or mild depending on the crew you are feeding likes it. The green chilis that you find in Hong Kong are quite mild to medium and this was perfect for us. Please adjust the heat to your liking.
However this homemade salsa just rocks all on its own and it would be a great starter while you are waiting for the fish to bake, so be sure to make a little extra. Baked Skinny Tex Mex Fish is great dish to make for guests on Friday night... with a few corn tortilla chips, fresh salsa, good tunes and a few brews...
However, if you not feeling up to making homemade salsa in the food processor as it is just too much on a work night, just swap out with your favorite jarred salsa from the grocery store. I promise I won't tell a soul. I remember they also had this great fresh salsa in the refrigerator section when I used to live in the States. Do they still make this?
I kept the seasoning really simple with just a little cumin, salt, pepper and lime to let the true flavors of the delicate fish and the salsa shine through. I mixed in a little black beans and corn onto the salsa to make it a little heartier and delicious, but you can add any additions you like.
You can use any mild white fish that you like and can get a hold of . Some examples of mild whitefish that would well with this recipe are tilapia, cod, catfish, grouper, mahi mahi, etc.
Keeping it Healthy
Did you know there is over 11 million recipes for Tex Mex Fish on the internet. However, none of them are this healthy as many are slathered in cheese, pasta or corn tortillas.
Baked skinny Tex Mex Fish is your answer for a healthy and delicious recipe on those rushed and busy workdays and even nice enough to serve guests on the weekend. Just like our Carnitas Burritos with Pineapple Slaw, this Mexican fish recipe is made a little healthier.
Turn Fish Haters to Fish Lovers
This delicious skinny baked Tex-Mex fish meal that can turn fish haters into fish lovers. You know who you are...! Usually there is some under the breath discussion at the dinner table about..." not fish again!".
You cannot just serve up fish broiled with a little lemon on top to fish haters you have to disguise it into something they like...TACOS. Tex-Mex meals are seen as fun food in my family, so it can't be healthy, right? ...wink...wink... If you looking for other ways to disguise your fish check out our post Best Tasting Fish and Seafood for Picky Eaters.
I am making this delicious Baked Skinny Tex-Mex Fish for a very fun event that is coming up. I can't tell you quite yet but keep on reading Healthy World Cuisine recipes and this month we have something very special in store for you.
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Baked Skinny Tex-Mex Fish
Black bean and Corn Salsa
- tomatoes - 3 cups roughly chopped
- cilantro (coriander) - ¾ cup fresh roughly chopped
- onion - ½ small onion or about ⅓ cup
- jalapeño peppers - 1 chopped to taste ( I used 1 Chinese green chili and they are milder than jalepeno)
- garlic - 1 clove
- lime juice - juice of ½ lime or to taste
- salt and pepper - to taste
- black beans - 12 ounce can washed and drained
- corn - 1 cup frozen thawed and drained
TEX MEX Fish
- white fish - 4 fillets, deboned washed and dried
- cumin powder - 1 tablespoon
- salt and pepper - to taste
- lime juice - juice of 1 lime
- avocado - 1 peeled and sliced (optional)
- cilantro (coriander) - 1 tablespoon (optional)
- tomato - 1 regular size or 6 small sliced on top (optional)
- corn tortilla chips - optional
- Preheat the oven to 190 degree celsius or 375 degree F.
- Make the Fresh tomato Salsa : Pico De Gallo: Place roughly chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalepeno or chili peppers, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper into the food processor and blend until coarsely chopped. (alternatively you can just buy a can or jar of salsa at the market). Set aside. (makes a total of about 3 cups)
- Spray a 9 x 11 pan with a little spray oil and 2 cups of salsa in the pan. (Reserve the other 1 cup for snacking with corn tortilla chips while you wait for the fish to bake...you can thank me later) Mix black beans and corn into the fresh tomato salsa.
- Lay the white fish fillets on top of the salsa. Season with cumin, salt and pepper and a little fresh lime juice. Bake fish for about 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with fork. If you have little flat fish it will only take maybe 15 minutes and for thicker fish longer depending on the size of fish you are baking.
- Garnish your fish with fresh limes, tomato slices, avocados and cilantro as desired and enjoy.
Thank you for reminding us of this wonderful recipe you first taught me some seven years ago ! Somehow it had become 'losted' under a pile of others . . . but I remember it as so appetizing and vibrantly healthy the fish is already on the shopping list . . . best for the weekend . . .
HWC Magazine says
Thank you Eha. Baked Skinny Tex Mex fish is an oldie but a goodie recipe. Just made it again last night and no complaints from the crew of fish haters. Stay well and take care
We used this recipe for what was supposed to be an outdoor fish dinner that got 'snowed-out'. NO PROBLEMO - plan B. Thanks for sharing
We really like these baked recipes -- any fishy smell or taste is eliminated and the taste is great.
HWC Magazine says
Hi Kenny, we see you are on the anti-fish crew. We have some family members like this too. That is exactly why we created this recipe. This fish recipe tastes just like a taco and is so easy. Take Care
This type of char flavor is something we love, but so rarely find here in the UK. Texas Mexico style is gaining in popularity, but its so much more common to find Spanish continental cuisine. I've had Taco Bell several times, but this seems a much more elegant take on the flavor and style from Texas.
Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says
Your homemade salsa looks heavenly, Bobbi! I love fish but am always looking for ways to spice things up and I can't wait to try this soon. 🙂 Pinning!
kristi mysfkitchen says
I love how simple and flavorful this fish recipe is! I would have never thought to try tex-mex fish, it looks delicious!
Gourmet Getaways says
This dish looks delicious!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Hi Bam, I love fish and this is a wonderful recipe, everyone in my family would enjoy this, which is saying a lot.
My kind of dish, that fish looks really delicious! want some hot soft tacos with those
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I am a fish lover of the bat so the recipe looks so wonderful. And the fresh salsa looks great, I like mine on the medium heat side. very simple to make so will be on my table soon.
Oh Bobbi, I just love all of the flavors you've got going on in this dish. I never thought to pair Tex-Mex with fish - but it totally makes sense and it looks and sounds phenomenal!
Norma Chang says
Love your healthy creative dishes, this one is sure to please even the picky fish eaters.
Healthy World Cuisine says
Thank you Norma! I have 3 picky fish eaters in my family but I think we are finally turning the corner and sometimes they even ask for seconds, so I guess that is a good sign. Your comment went through just fine, it just got hung up in the spam inbox for some reason. No worries.
I'm looking forward to hearing all about the fun event. What a wonderful meal with heaps of flavour. I do love how you made your own salsa and yes, I do try to make my own but if I'm not going to be home before 7pm (which happens a few nights a week), a shortcut or two is necessary - that's when I'd opt for the bought salsa! xx