Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa

This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! https://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/blackened-cod-with-mango-salsa/

By: Sammi Ricke

Our household loves eating fish so I am not sure why we don’t eat more of it! It may be that I am a little intimidated by it. Chicken, that’s easy. Ground beef, simple. But fish for some reason typically throws me for a loop unless my husband is home and can put it in the smoker. So I was pleasantly surprised when this Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa came together faster than I had anticipated. I love easy weeknight meals!
This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! https://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/blackened-cod-with-mango-salsa/

I feel like I need to brag about my handsome husband for a minute. Let me just say, he is the man when it comes to grilling or smoking meat. The guy takes “smoking” very seriously! He carefully prepares his meats the day or days ahead of time and sits out there with his smoker (click HERE to see the one he uses) and keeps watch until that protein is cooked to perfection. My favorite part of his love for smoking meat…I don’t have to help or do anything! I happily pretend to be the silly housewife who can’t possibly understand such complex matters and watch my favorite show on Netflix while he slaves away. Ha!

This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! https://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/blackened-cod-with-mango-salsa/

Okay, back to the recipe! If you are wondering what “blackened” means in regard to grilled meat it is simply a blend of several spices such as chili powder, paprika, and typically a sugar, along with salt. The spice blend adds a delicious spicy and smoky flavor to fish, chicken, and beef. There are tons of different “rubs” that you can use to “blacken” your proteins. I think this seasoning rub would pair well with other varieties of fish as well.

This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! https://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/blackened-cod-with-mango-salsa/

The amazingly simply mango salsa came about because I had a ripe mango and red onion sitting on the counter along with some cilantro in the fridge. Naturally, I knew some sort of a salsa had to be made! I resisted adding more ingredients to the salsa even though I wanted to. However, I knew the simpler the better, right? When you are making this at home, try adding some cumin or dare I say, diced pineapple to your salsa! Yum!

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Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa
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This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! More recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
2 adults 2 toddlers
Servings
2 adults 2 toddlers
Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa
Print Recipe
This healthy grilled cod with colorful mango salsa comes together SO quickly! Aren't easy weeknight meals the best? The smokey spiciness of the fish paired with the sweet yet tangy salsa is a flavor explosion! This simple, gluten-free, and clean-eating recipe is sure to impress. Who says healthy food is boring?! Not us! More recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
2 adults 2 toddlers
Servings
2 adults 2 toddlers
Ingredients
Fish and Rub Ingredients
  • 2 cod fillets, boneless and skinless
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
Mango Salsa
  • 1 small mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • dash of salt
Servings: adults 2 toddlers
Instructions
  1. Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high heat or roughly 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Next, start preparing your salsa by adding all ingredients to a small bowl. Gently stir to combine and let the mixture rest while you prepare the fish.
  3. Place two pieces of aluminum foil on top of each other and fold the sides together as if to form one piece of foil. Do this for each piece of fish you are preparing. Lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Gently pat your pieces of fish dry with a paper towel and place them on the oiled foil.
  4. Mix all the "rub" ingredients together in a small boil.
  5. After the ingredients are combined pour the rub over the fish and distribute evenly. Pat the rub into the fish with your fingers.
  6. Place your foil of fish on the grilling rack. The fish should take 12-15 minutes to cook. Do not turn your fish while grilling. It is finished when you can "flake" the fish apart with a fork. Be careful to not overcook!
  7. Gently remove fish from foil with a large spatula and place each portion on a plate. Top with salsa. Enjoy!
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14 thoughts on “Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa

  1. This looks so yummy my mouth is watering! I am the same way, I find it easy to work with chicken and beef, fish seems daunting. I am totally going to try this! Thanks for linking up at Favorite things Friday! Next time add a link back or button, I’d love to feature you on my blog and social media 🙂 Hope to see you again this week!

    1. Hi Rebecca! It is comforting to know there are others that are just a little intimated by fish too. My next protein to conquer is shrimp. It is probably so simple I will wonder why it took me so long 😉 We’ll chat soon!!

  2. I am trying too incorporate more fish in my diet. Thanks for this recipes. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week.. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

  3. We love fish too! Your Blackened Cod with Mango Salsa sounds lovely – I really like the salsa! Pinning and will tweet. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. This sounds delicious! I haven’t had mango in a long time, now I know the perfect way to add it to a meal! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

  5. …’I happily pretend to be the silly housewife who can’t possibly understand such complex matters and watch my favorite show on Netflix while he slaves away.” HA!!! Love it! Soooo something I would do! This looks amazing ladies! (And the pics are beautiful, too!)
    Thanks for linking up to ‘Favorite Things Friday’ with Hip Homeschooling and Simply Rachel!

  6. Hello beautiful ladies! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Oh, Sarah, when you started talking about Sammi, I thought you were talking about yourself, and I thought “A bit full of herself, isn’t she?” LOL
    This is my first time here, so I didn’t know! 😉
    Here from #HomeMattersPArty.
    Thanks so much for a GF recipe. This looks so good, I want to lick the screen.

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