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doi: 10.1097/01.HEARTI.0000388127.39527.00
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Lemony Tilapia and Asparagus Grill

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This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association's Patient Education program. Recipe copyright © 2008 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere, and at

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Flavorful sauces and creative seasonings make these fish and meat dishes healthy and delectable — so dig in!

Serves 4; 3 ounces tilapia and about 6 asparagus spears per serving

Dinner is so quick and easy when you grill tilapia and asparagus side by side. A combination of chili powder and lemon pepper enhances the mild flavor of the fish, and a seasoned vinegar and oil mixture adds flair to the asparagus.

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Cooking spray


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper

1 pound fresh asparagus spears (about 24), trimmed


1½ tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

⅛ teaspoon cayenne

⅛ teaspoon salt

4 tilapia fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed and patted dry

1 medium lemon, quartered


Lightly spray the grill rack with cooking spray. Preheat the grill on medium high.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon lemon pepper. Pour into a large shallow casserole dish. Add the asparagus, turning several times to coat.

In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt. Sprinkle half the mixture over one side of the fish, pressing lightly so the seasonings adhere. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Turn the fish over and repeat.

Remove the asparagus from the marinade, discarding the marinade.

Place the fish and asparagus lengthwise so they are perpendicular to the grates of the grill. (For the fish, you can also use a grill basket lightly sprayed with cooking spray.) Grill the fish for about 3 minutes on each side, or until it flakes easily when tested with a fork. Grill the asparagus for 4 to 5 minutes, turning frequently. Transfer both to a platter. Squeeze the lemon over the fish.

Nutrition Analysis

(per serving)

Calories 144

Total Fat 2.5g

Saturated Fat 1.0g

Trans Fat 0.0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g

Monounsaturated Fat 1.0g

Cholesterol 57mg

Sodium 162mg

Carbohydrates 7g

Fiber 3g

Sugars 3g

Protein 25g

Dietary Exchanges

3 very lean meat

½ carbohydrate

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