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Baked Skinny Tex-Mex Fish

September 12, 2015

Super easy healthy one-pan skinny Tex-Mex fish baked in a bath of zesty homemade salsa with black beans, corn, cilantro and lime. 

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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 Bam's Kitchen recipes and this month we have something very special in store for you.

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Baked Skinny Tex-Mex Fish

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September 12, 2015

Super easy healthy one-pan skinny Tex-Mex fish baked in a bath of zesty homemade salsa with black beans, corn, cilantro and lime. 

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


Black bean and Corn Salsa

tomatoes - 3 cups roughly chopped

cilantro (coriander) - 3/4 cup fresh roughly chopped

onion - 1/2 small onion or about 1/3 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 1/2 lime or to taste

salt and pepper - to taste

black beans - 12 ounce can washed and drained

corn - 1 cup frozen thawed and drained


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


1Preheat the oven to 190 degree celsius or 375 degree F.

2Make 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)

3Spray 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 can thank me later) Mix black beans and corn into the fresh tomato salsa.

4Lay 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.

5Garnish your fish with fresh limes, tomato slices, avocados and cilantro as desired and enjoy.

  • YUM! I love tex mex! i’d die to try your fish!

  • This is fantastic, Bobbi! Such a beautiful dish, especially for a party! I just made some salsa that I’m sharing in the next couple days so I’m going to try this on some tilapia. Fantastic idea and love that it’s so healthy. Your photography is making my tummy hungry!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef

    I love dishes like this, they are easy to make and you end up with a healthy and delicious meal. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Yum!! Tex Mex “Season” is here!!! (Or football season, whatever you want to call it…GO Blue!!) Sharing!

  • I love Tex Mex, and I love fish, so this is such a winner for me! I also love your tip about making homemade salsa. I am SO lazy when it comes to chopping things up, so I’ll definitely be giving this crafty method a go soon!
    Thanks for this. I usually just shove fish in the oven and bake it, so it’s great to have another delicious fishy idea!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Have you ever been to Cancun or Cozumel, Mexico? My kids call this the acme salsa as it is the same no matter what restaurant you go to on the island. Of course they had the patience to cut tiny cubes of tomatoes and such and seriously I just can be bothered so in the food processor it goes.. LOL

  • Wow, this looks great! You can’t go wrong with Tex-Mex! 🙂

  • Wow – over 11 million recipes for Tex-Mex fish? I never would have known since anything with Tex or Mex in the title is something my husband takes a pass on. Myself, I could easily love this one and never would have thought of the combination. I’m guessing that if I called it something else I could get my husband to try this one too! Just got to come up with a creative name, that’s all. Salsa could pass almost for an Italian type of sauce so maybe I’ll call it Italian poached fish with black beans.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Diane, have you tried my healthy-mediterranean-baked-fish ? I think you and your husband would both like that recipe, a glass of wine and 30 minutes later it is a one pot easy dish. Take care

  • Eha

    Of all the world cuisines Tex-Mex is one of which I know the least! Use heaps of beans, but have little knowledge of the black ones and corn is at the bottom of my long vegetable list. But this looks great: moist and inviting and I shall get the simple enough ingredients come Tuesday shopping and it’s on Wednesday’s menu when a few colleagues are dropping in for lunch . . . we are all ‘pepper’ eaters . . .thanks for another ‘unusual’ recipe, Bobbi!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Eha, I am glad I can show you my little healthy spin on TEX MEX. Usually the term tex mex is full of cheese, fried tortillas, rice and beans. I don’t think that is something you would like very much. However this poaching method in the salsa really makes the fish so tender and delicious and very healthy with simple ingredients. (You can even skip the beans and the corn, I just added that to fill up my hungry teenagers.) Have a super weekend Eha!

  • Looks amazing! Love that its so healthy, perfect for a low carb meal too!

  • 11 million? Now I am shocked! This looks great, Bam. I love Tex Mex anything!

  • Fabulous photos! The limes placed over top look delicous. I love lime with fish. And it’s really hard to beat a good homemade salsa. Another excellent week night option for us Bam!

  • Priya Shiva

    wow! looks so delicious and healthy! Featured your recipe in our group today 🙂 <3

  • Wow, this looks amazingly delish! Love that its so healthy and flavor packed. Tex-Mex is always yummy!! 🙂

  • Sandhya

    Love the presentation and the fact that it is a one dish meal! These are my favorite flavors, so will definitely try it soon! I am always striving to mak eour meals healthy too!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sandhya. Sometimes we need a good no fail recipe that is super easy and this one we have fairly often as it is one way I can gets my kids to say yes to fish.

      • Sandhya

        I do the same with my kids, Bam. If I know they like fish a particular way, that recipe stays with us! Yours looks so pretty too!

  • This looks incredible! I can’t decide if I like the flaky, perfectly-cooked fish or the corn & bean salsa more! Great dish and I can see turning anyone into a fish lover with this.

  • hotlyspiced

    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

  • Love your healthy creative dishes, this one is sure to please even the picky fish eaters.

    • Bams Kitchen

      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 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!

  • My kind of dish, that fish looks really delicious! want some hot soft tacos with those

  • Hi Bam, I love fish and this is a wonderful recipe, everyone in my family would enjoy this, which is saying a lot.

  • This dish looks delicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
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  • I love how simple and flavorful this fish recipe is! I would have never thought to try tex-mex fish, it looks delicious!

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  • 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!

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