Tilapia “a la mexicana” Tostadas

Tostadas de pescado a la mexicana

Fish is one of my favorite foods. However, I don’t eat it as much as I’d like because Jon doesn’t like it and here in Ohio it is really difficult to get fresh fish at reasonable prices. Also, after learning about mercury levels in fish and seafood (specially in larger fish) I am very worried about consuming it. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating it completely. And proof of that are these tostadas I made for dinner the other night. This is a very simple recipe that uses tilapia cooked “a la mexicana” (Mexican style), fast, simple and delicious comfort food.

Tilapia tostadas, Mexican style

The ingredients:

  • 1 lb tilapia fillets, rinsed and pat dried.
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (keep the veins and seeds for more heat)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2-3 TBSP lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 tostadas

The how-to:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Saute onion and when it starts to turn translucent add garlic. Mix well.
  2. Place tilapia on the skillet and let it cook until the flesh starts to flake away. Add peppers, tomatoes, parsley and lime juice. Cook together for about 7 minutes at medium high heat.
  3. Season to taste, serve over tostadas with a slice of avocado and enjoy!


In the topic of my goals for the Ten in 10 event, I’ve had a hard time with my last goal, trying to eat less and more often. I have been eating less, but trying to schedule smaller meals throughout the day has been a challenge, but I haven’t done so badly, I think. It’s just a matter of making it a habit, which is the purpose of this event.

For this week my goal is to eat more vegetables. I eat a lot of fruit and real Mexican food uses a lot of vegetables, but I need to eat more greens in salads and side dishes. Let’s see how well I do this time.

¡Buen provecho!


  • I'm not a huge fan of fish but i eat it every now and then. The bones scares me a little.

  • I am totally with you Ben, on the whole eating fish thing! These looks great!

  • Looks so good! I admit I have never had a fish taco. Guess I could probably whip this one together some time.

    …and that green mug is the cutest thing ever! 😉

  • I love fish however, I feel your pain about being hard to acquire. Plus even if I do find good fish the price is starting at least 12/lb.

    I also keep a couple jars of healthy snacks or fruits/veggies at my desk. This way if I am hungry I am grab a handful of almonds, celery, carrots, apple, etc. The nice thing is too is almonds can be coated with spices to add more flavor to them. Another thing is protein shakes are quick and easy because I always have milk handy and a shaker cup makes a quick meal. Good luck this week!

  • That is really a lovely fish dish!

  • Veggies are an exciting food. Though I could never become a vegetarian, I can't imagine having a meal without vegetables whether in a salad or some other form. The only time I've had tilapia is when my nephew made it. It was rather yummy. I don't cook fish very often. Living in the desert leaves me untrusting of the quality of seafood offered at the grocers. But this is an excellent recipe. Love it made on tostadas.

  • Yummie, I love tilapia, and like how you prepare it…a la Mexicana, sounds and looks very tasty :-)

  • I love fish too but like you I find it sometimes hard to find fresh fish around these parts! Love the tilapia dish though and I know that at least that is a fish I CAN find fresh here!

  • Ummm!!

    Que delicia.
    A mi tambien me ha gustado mucho tu blog, ya me hago seguidora tuya…con tu permiso.
    Un saludo.


  • We are lucky to get fresh fish but if you can't get fresh fish, frozen fish is just as good. I love the way you made the dish.

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