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Tilapia with Strawberry-Thyme Sauce

Here's a delicious way to welcome spring. I like to serve the tilapia with polenta and a blend of leeks and green onions that I've roasted in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. And definitely add a bit of bacon or blue cheese: It lends a hint of saltiness to contrast with the sweet and tangy sauce.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Crumbled blue cheese or cooked bacon, optional


  • In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, wine, sugar, lemon juice, thyme sprig and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Discard thyme sprig.
  • Combine the flour, pepper and remaining salt; sprinkle over tilapia. In a large skillet, cook fillets in oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with strawberry sauce and sprinkle with blue cheese and bacon if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet with 1/4 cup sauce (calculated without blue cheese and bacon): 221 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 337mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • cast_iron_king
    Apr 20, 2017

    Truly unique combination of flavors! With no white wine, I had to modify the recipe. I thought iced tea would work well with the strawberry, and it did! I also used about 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme directly into the sauce, because I didn't have fresh. While strong, the flavor of the sauce didn't overwhelm the flavor of the fish, which can easily be done with tilapia. This is nicely balanced. Prep is simple, and it all comes together in less than 30 minutes. A real winner!