Tilapia with Fresh Salsa, Corn and Baby Spinach

If you’ve never tasted smoked paprika you’re in for a treat. It’s the “hot” variety of paprika that has been smoked. It’s flavor exotic and smoky with a lovely creeping heat that’s more warm than spicy. Look for it in the spice aisle of your supermarket but if you can’t find it try using chili powder—only don’t season the fish with the salt. Chili powder is a mixture of—among other things—ground chilies and salt.  Use regular paprika (or nothing) if you want to forgo the heat altogether.

4 people
~20 minutes
~15 minutes
222 calories
Average rating:


16 ounces best quality fresh salsa

4 cups lightly packed baby spinach

10.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

3 ears corn, shucked, kernels cut from cobs (about 1 ½ cups)

4 skinless tilapia fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Smoked paprika

1 lime, cut into wedges


Pour the salsa into the 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan. Sprinkle the spinach over the salsa in an even layer, and lightly season it with a little salt. Sprinkle the black beans and corn evenly over the spinach.

Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper. Lightly sprinkle the fish with smoked paprika. Arrange the fillets in a single layer over the vegetable mixture.

Cover the skillet and cook over medium heat until steam just begins to escape from the lid, about 5 minutes.

Spin the lid to engage the vapor seal then reduce the heat to low. Cook the fish for 2 minutes then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Let stand off-heat for about 5 minutes until the fish is just cooked through. (It should flake easily with a fork.)

To Serve use a spatula to divide the fish, vegetables, and sauce among 4 plates. Serve with lime wedges.


I loved the taste of the fish with smoke hot paprika,hot sauce, spinach, lime and the added corn gave it the crunchy taste. I didn't have any beans and I made my own hot sauce. This dish was so easy to make basically you layered all the ingredients and watched it cook. How easy is that. I would like to try added different veggies. One more thing make sure the spinach is dry before adding it to the pot because it does make it watery.

Reviewed by: Dolores S from Mesquite