Coconut Lemon Tilapia or Chicken

October 5, 2010 at 1:16 AM (Nutrition, Recipes)

Coconut Lemon Tilapa Coconut-Lemon Chicken

Last week I tried a recipe. With the nutrition program I’m on, foods are limited, but creativity helps a great deal with the diet, and not becoming bored. Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Steak, Roast Beef.. I can have all of those things as long as I go by the portion size allowed. The image on the left is Coconut-Lemon Tilapia with Asparagus with a lemony seasoned sauce. The image on the right is Coconut-Lemon Chicken served with Sauteed Mushrooms and onions. The trick to lowering the fat content of sauteed Mushrooms and onions is to use only 1 tablespoon of butter (I used to use a whole stick), and use about 1/8 cup of tap water. use fresh crushed garlic, and cook covered on low.

Rice I pre-cook. I buy boil-in-a-bag brown rice and store it. A serving is 1/3 cup per meal, so I heat that up with a sprinkle of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. It’s a soy sauce substitute.

So here’s the recipe. If you decide to try it, I would love to have your feedback, if you make any changes and how well they worked out for you. Thanks so much!

Tilapia (I buy it frozen in bulk packages)   – I also measure it after cooking. Frozen food weighs more apparently. Or Chicken.  Tilapia after cooking is 4 oz for a serving, Chicken breast is 3.5 oz per serving.

2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 packet Stevia (or whatever equiv of the liquid) (you could use a a teaspoon of sugar, or a teaspoon of Splenda if that’s your preference)
Mrs. Dash – Fiesta Lime Flavour

In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil til it’s clear, add the Tilapia filets. Cover, cook til thawed. Sprinkle Mrs. Dash over each filet (I used about a quarter to half teaspoon per filet, depending on size), drizzle a few drops of lemon juice (Lime if you’re past phase 1), sprinkle with coconut, sprinkle with Stevia. Cook uncovered at medium heat for a few minutes. Flip filets over, make sure the coconut is getting all wet with the oil and lemon, otherwise it will be way too dry and not taste good. Flip again, cover and simmer for a couple of minutes.  I cooked mine a bit longer, til it was not as watery. Frozen food can be watery if cooked covered.

Serve with rice or your favourite veggie. This recipe serves two, adjust as desired.


  1. Angelia said,

    They both look very yummy. My whole problem with changing my lifestyle, etc., is that I don’t have a car … so going shopping for ingredients is inconvenient a lot of the time. :O(

    • sarianastar said,

      Have you checked your local grocers for delivery services? Most grocery stores that offer delivery have only a small charge. From $5 to $10 depending on the chain/store/service. Also there are services that will do grocery shopping delivery for a similar small fee. Here in Lansing we have used Cab Cuisine to both deliver groceries and food from restaurants. Might be worth looking into if you’re interested in lessening dining out. 🙂

      • Angelia said,

        Hmm. Good point. We have Peapod for The Giant. I’m not sure how much that costs. Might have to look into that and into how much a membership costs (if it costs anything).

  2. Savannah Ramirez said,

    I love you Aunt Vicky. You are my inspiration.

    • sarianastar said,

      I love you too, kiddo. Thanks for the comment. You made my day 🙂

  3. Savannah Ramirez said,

    My best friend is on a diet and exercise plan so I’m gonna have her read your blog. I really think she could use some motivation. 😀

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