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Eva Amurri Martino's Buster's Famous Green Fish Recipe

Buster's Green Fish

Happily Eva After
Today I thought I’d share the recipe for one of the cleanest and healthiest meals in my arsenal:  Buster’s Famous Green Fish! This happens to have been named by my husband (I’m Buster, FYI) and is one of his go-to requests for dinner.  Featuring bright and clean cilantro, zingy lime, and feisty jalapeño, this fish dish is perfect for the summer months.
5 from 3 votes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people


  • 2 fillets Tilapia
  • 2 limes juice & zest
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus one tbsp extra)
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro rinsed, stems removed & leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Rinse the Tilapia fillets and pat dry.
  • Place in a shallow baking dish that is large enough to hold the fillets with out overlapping.
  • Drizzle with  1 Tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil on both sides, and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of the lime zest on top of each fillet.
  • Place in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until cooked through but not dried out.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette:  Pour the rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, chopped jalapeño, cilantro (reserve a couple pinches for garnish), and the rest of the lime zest in to a blender or food processor.
  • Slowly increase the speed until the vinaigrette is completely smooth.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • If you would like it spicier, add the other half of the jalapeño, seeds removed of course. 
  • Place a cup of cooked rice (if using) in to the bottom of a shallow bowl.
  • Place a Tilapia fillet on top, and douse with green vinaigrette! (I drown mine).
  • Then, sprinkle with half of the sunflower seeds and a pinch of chopped cilantro.
  • Enjoy!