Grouper w/ Mango Salsa and Baby Spinach

Mango Salsa

Before Foodology101 launched, I posted a recipe on Evofit’s blog on incorporating salsas into your every day meals – salsas bring so much flavor and texture to protein and can be a great “go-to” way to spice up you meals if you’re stuck on what to make. Our local grocery store had these great grouper fillets on special. Grouper is typically a higher priced fish and is known for its meaty, firm texture. It stands up well to breading or pan-frying and has a very distinct taste. The salsa I used for this particular dish was a mango-tomato salsa and I decided to serve it on a bed of baby spinach mixture. This recipe serves 2 people but the salsa actually makes enough for 4. Since I live by myself, I often get tired of always eating the same thing so watch out for some ideas on what to do with your left over salsa!


1 pound of Grouper (6-8 ounces each fillet)
Salt / Pepper to taste
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 ripe Mango, seeded and diced
1/2 of a Poblano Pepper
1/4 cup Red Onion (about a quarter of a big onion)
1-2 Garlic Cloves
1/2 – 1 Whole Tomato
1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
Pinch of Salt
Fresh Parsley or Cilantro

For the Grouper:

There are two ways you can easily cook your grouper fillets:

1. Heat the coconut oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Lightly season each side of the grouper fillet with salt and pepper. Add fillets to saute pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on thickness). Fish is done when it’s opaque and flaky.

2. Another great way to cook grouper is to poach it in vegetable or even low-sodium chicken broth. Fill a saucepan with 4-6 cups of your broth. You want the fish to be able to lay flat side by side and completely submerged in the liquid. Bring your broth to a simmer and add your lightly seasoned fish. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until your fish is cooked through. You can keep the fish warm by covering with foil and a little bit of the poaching liquid.

For the Mango Salsa:

1. Chop and dice all the ingredients so they around the same size bite. I typically seed the pepper so it’s not too spicy (the seeds contain the heat).

2. Add the rice wine vinegar and season to taste.

To Serve:

1. Lay down a bed of your spinach (or any green of choice) on your plate

2. Top with your grouper fillet and drizzle with either your coconut oil or poaching liquid.

3. Add the mango salsa on the side.

You can also add guacamole to the side to complement the texture and flavors of your fish and salsa. Trader Joe’s has a great guacamole kit but for those that don’t have TJ’s close to them – quick recipe below:

Quick Guacamole (Serves 4)

2 small avocados or 1 large Hass avocado
1 clove of garlic
1 lime
1 shallot or 1/4 cup of red onion
1 jalapeno
1 small tomato or 1/2 of a big tomato

1. Cut each avocado in half, pit, and scoop out the interior (check out this great video on how to cut an avocado). I like to keep my avocado chunky in guacamole versus mashed.

2. Chop the rest of the ingredients and add to your bowl. Remove the seeds of the jalapeno if you like a milder mix.

3. Squeeze the juice of the lime to finish and season to taste.

Since the salsa and guacamole recipes serve 4, be sure to keep an eye out for leftover recipes!

About the author

Jasmine Stark. Jasmine loves food. But for the past few years, she's been dedicated to eating the right kind of foods. And that usually means re-inventing her own healthy versions of her every day favorites and Food Network inspirations. She's got a natural talent for combining ingrediants and flavors, and we're always excited to be a part of her tasting crew.

3 Responses to "Grouper w/ Mango Salsa and Baby Spinach"

  • Foodology 101 07:27 PM 28/7/2010

    […] a follow up to my Grouper with Mango Salsa, here’s a great idea for what to do with your leftover salsa and guacamole. The best (and […]

  • Foodology 101 05:05 AM 31/7/2010

    […] great new alternative to your typical oil and vinegar dressing. I had leftover baby spinach from my Grouper w/ Mango Salsa recipe so I decided to create my own salad with a mixture of ingredients I had in my fridge. For my […]

  • Paulita Biddle 02:34 PM 06/9/2013

    I have tried several of your receipes,,,all of them have been great! Can you put me on your e-mail list if you have one, thanks!

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