Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw

Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw: a delicious and healthy dinner that puts color on your plate! #fish #healthy #dinner www.shugarysweets.com

As promised, here is my first dinner recipe of 2013. It’s a very healthy and colorful meal!

I think you might love this one! Well, if you love fish, you will love this recipe for Spicy Grilled Fish. PLEASE tell me you love fish?!? It’s so good for you!

I’m very lucky, with 4 kids, they will all eat tilapia. Although, with this recipe, you might want to season with a little less chili powder if they don’t like spicy. The coolness from the citrus salad combined with the spicy fish is a perfect match. you can also put this fish and slaw on a tortilla, I know my kids love to eat everything on a tortilla!

For years I never cooked fish at home. I would order it at restaurants because I love it so much, but when I would try to make fish at home it would come out brown and ugly, and totally not appetizing.

Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw: a delicious and healthy dinner that puts color on your plate! #fish #healthy #dinner www.shugarysweets.com

This grilled fish is so easy, I love using tilapia because it’s a fish my kids love. You can try other varieties, just adjust your cooking time if your fillets are thicker!

And, can I just say one more thing about the citrus salad? If you have some of this leftover, please save it. It’s delicious on a sandwich. Or a burger. Or just with a fork!

See that broccoli in the background? I know your wondering how to make that too, right? It’s actually adapted from my Roasted Broccoli recipe. I just only used broccoli and I kept the parmesan cheese off to shave a few extra calories!

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Yield: serves 6

Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Easy spicy grilled fish recipe with a homemade citrus cole slaw! Healthy and delicious.


For the Fish:

  • 6 (4oz) tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

For the Slaw:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced in thin strips
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  1. For the Slaw, mix everything in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For the fish, mix chili powder, garlic salt, salt, cumin and cayenne in a small bowl. Add juice of one lime and mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat grill pan on medium-high heat with olive oil in pan. Brush both sides of fish with seasoning. Grill 5 minutes on each side, or until flakes with a fork.
  4. To serve: lay grilled fish on a plate and top with a heaping serving of citrus slaw. ENJOY.
  5. **you can also warm up flour tortilla and place fish and slaw inside, eat and enjoy!

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Posted on January 9, 2013

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  2. I’ve always wanted to make a citrus slaw and this was a great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us. I added a little lime to your slaw recipe and it was so good. My husband loved this meal too! He’s not a big fan of fish. So double thank you 🙂 I shared your recipe link on my blog so I can could share with family & friends. I will be checking back for more delicious recipes.

    1. Angel, I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! It’s so good, and I love to hear feedback from others! Thanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂

  3. Your recipes are AMAZING! This slaw is so yummy and healthy I make it by itself, even though the fish its super yummy too! I don’ t normally leave comments, but your recipes have made me a big hit! I made the peppermint cheesecake over the holidays and my husband wants it in other flavors now. You are an amazing chef and I check your blog frequently for more recipes. Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us!

    1. So glad you are enjoying my recipes! And thank you so much for the sweet words!
      This slaw is one of my favorites too…I love putting it on a sandwich!
      As for the cheesecake cake, I’m totally with your hubs. I am constantly running ideas through my head for more varieties!

  4. I have never grilled fish before. Your recipe looks very yummy so I may have to give it a try. Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello. 🙂

  5. We (try to) eat tilapia or other fish once a week – and my kiddo loves it! But I’m always looking for different ways to change up my recipes, so this is a perfect one for me to have on hand. Pinning to make next week – thanks so much for sharing this!

  6. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them! I am co-hosting a new Pinterest Power Party and would love to have you share this or any other projects that you have!



  7. I just tried to make fish tacos last night for my family and they were so no appetizing and they made me sad >_<.

    This citrus slaw might've helped though! You're fish looks so crispy and flaky – this is a healthy recipe I wouldn't mind trying out! Perhaps I'll brave fish in the kitchen again 😉

  8. Tilapia is really the only way I will eat fish. I’m thinking that I would like all that spiciness going on too!!!

  9. This is my kind of dinner…I love combining grilled fish and fresh fruit, and while I’ve made lots of salsas to go on fish, I’ve never tried this kind of slaw—sounds wonderful!

  10. I so often find myself making the same old same old recipe I usually do for tilapia. I can’t wait to try this recipe to “spice” things up! 🙂

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