5. Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus and Lemon

Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus and Lemon

This is one of the healthier dinner recipes for two featuring my favorite protein-packed fish.

The savory recipe is sure to be a hit with your boyfriend with its garlic, chili and citrus flavors.

Pairing this scrumptious dish with crunchy asparagus makes for a wonderful blend of textures and flavors, and no one will be able to tell how healthy and low-calorie this meal is!


2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic, powder

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1 pound tilapia, Pacific sole or other firm white fish fillets

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice


Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan.

Put asparagus in a steamer basket, place in the pan, cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spreading out to cool.

Combine chili powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt on a plate.

Dredge fillets in the spice mixture to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the fish and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, 5 to 7 minutes total.

Divide among 4 plates.

Immediately add lemon juice, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and asparagus to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the asparagus is coated and heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve the asparagus with the fish.