Blackened Tilapia with Buffalo Slaw and Mango Salsa


I know the name is long. I just can’t figure out how to describe it in a baby version. It’s just sooooo good and I have to let you know in the title exactly what this is.

Buffalo coleslaw? Yes, absolutely.

Have I ever made it before? I don’t think so, but there’s a first for everything. How else to compliment mango salsa on top of blackened fish? It’s pretty much the same salsa that’s on my Pulled Pork Pizza with Jalapenos.

Pulled Pork Pizza

Here’s a little video I did showing how to easily cut a mango into cubes.


As far as the buns, I’ve made pretzels before. But this particular recipe is by far the best I’ve ever made. I found it on My Life As a Mrs. , but keep in mind I changed a couple of things. I’m sure hers are delicious, but sometimes I tend to tweak according to what I have on hand.

To begin with, I didn’t use quite as much flour. I probably used closer to 4 cups as opposed to 4 1/2. I also used half all-purpose flour and half bread flour. I didn’t know how it would come out, but I’m glad I gambled.


Lastly, I didn’t realize that I was out of granulated sugar and I subbed with powdered.

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not a huge baker, so I didn’t know if it would make a difference or not, so I threw caution to the wind.


If you know me, you know I have absolutely no patience. I wanted to make pretzel buns.

So, damnit, I did it and it all worked.


Mark and the kids told me – hands down – this was the best pretzel recipe I’ve made so far. Mark even cheated on his diet because he said he couldn’t resist them.

God love that man.

This sandwich is a very good combination of summer – light and fresh. Light and fruity with the mango salsa and the tilapia, although light and mild, gets a kick from the blackening seasoning, not to mention the buffalo sauce in the slaw. 

How good would this be sitting in a beachside restaurant patio with an ice cold margarita?

I just love, love, love summertime.

Here’s your printable-

Blackened Tilapia with Buffalo Slaw and Mango Salsa

Blackened Tilapia with Buffalo Slaw and Mango Salsa

Yield: 4 Sandwiches


For the Pretzel Buns

For the Slaw

  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded in a food processor or chopped
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded in a food processor or chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup Moore's Buffalo Sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salsa

  • 1 mango, washed and diced
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt

For the Blackened Fish

  • 1 lb. fresh tilapia fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup blackening seasoning (more or less depending on your taste)


Make pretzel rolls according to directions. Let them cool and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.
To make the slaw, combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate.
To make the salsa, combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate.
Heat oil over medium high heat in a medium sized skillet. Add fish fillets, sprinkle with blackening seasoning and sear 3-4 minutes each side, until they flake with a fork.
To serve, half each pretzel bun with a serrated knife, spoon slaw on the bottom half, add fish, then salsa and top with top half of bun.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 940Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 44gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 7555mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 11gSugar: 22gProtein: 38g

The provided nutrition calculated may not always be accurate.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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  1. carolyn | homework

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board at homework. I loved your project and featured you today!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    carolyn ~ homework

  2. Wow, what a wonderful recipe and the pictures are amazing. This is definitely going to be a winner with my kids and hubby!


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