Hot Pepper Jelly Fish (Tilapia)

New Year, New Me? Or whatever makes you feel good inside… no matter the reason, I have a delicious and healthy recipe for you to try! Hot Pepper Jelly Fish… Not to be confused with Hot Pepper Jellyfish. Ahahaha. (Okay yes I know my sense of humor is dry). So you might want to call it Hot Pepper Jelly Tilapia. Whatever floats your boat!

My pregnancy has been fast and furious…. and I am talking about my weight! The cravings for pizza, nachos, and all of the unhealthy food you can get your hands on is REAL. Fighting it is super hard, but it’s a lot easier when you have the goods. And let me tell you… I have the goods! Zach and I are lovers of hot pepper jelly’s. We have tried an array of assortments and love most of everything that we have tried. (Tip: Hot pepper jelly + cream cheese + crackers = heaven). We can talk about all of the yummy things that you can do with these delicious preserves later. For now… tilapia! Or really any fish that you like. Tilapia is just one of my favorites.

I mean just look at it.. is your mouth watering already?

hot pepper jelly fish (tilapia)

Okay guys you wouldn’t believe how easy this recipe is!! I am sitting here looking at the recipe I wrote down and wondering… am I missing anything!? Nope! I’m not. That’s how dang easy this was. Busy moms, wives, and workin’ women are going to love this! And don’t let me forget the men… Eating super healthy meals is not my husband’s favorite idea of a good meal, but he actually loved it!

What you will need:

  • 2 Tilapia fillets (or other fish of choice)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 jar hot pepper jelly of choice (we chose pomegranate hot pepper jelly by Mick’s)

How To:

  • First, preset oven to 425 Place your fish on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper. hot pepper jelly fish (tilapia)
  • Second, over each fillet in the hot pepper jelly of your choice. Make sure to cover completely so the fish can absorb all of the deliciousness. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to the box directions.
    hot pepper jelly fish (tilapia)
  • Third, bake the fish for 10-12 minutes or until it is white and flaky. Pull it out, let it cool for just a minute, and then place on top of the quinoa. Make sure to grab all of the saucy stuff to flavor up the quinoa!
  • Enjoy the health benefits and deliciousness that this meal has to offer for your taste buds and body! 🙂


I used parchment paper and a cookie sheet, but next time I think I will use a regular baking dish so that it is easier to get all of the yummy sauce. You could also use rice instead of quinoa. Honestly, I will probably use rice because my husband likes it better than quinoa, but I am trying to eat healthier right now. This meal goes GREAT with another recipe that I am going to add soon that my husband made – pan fried asparagus. Stay tuned.

As much as I don’t like eating healthy, it sure does so much for your body and your mind. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are all things that we hear we should be doing over and over again…. but maybe that’s the point. I feel best about myself when I am taking care of myself! Good luck in the New Year with all of that goal setting! Keep You Dew You in mind when you need some help staying motivated with your goals! 🙂

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