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seared opah with papaya-avocado salsa on china plate

Seared Opah with Papaya-Avocado Salsa 

  • Author: Beth of A Meal In Mind
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop, skillet
  • Cuisine: American


This seared opah with papaya-avocado salsa is a mouth-watering combination of sweet and tart fruits, buttery fish and creamy avocados. Takes you to the tropics – in less than 30 minutes!



  • ½ lemon, juiced,
  • 1 pound opah or other firm fish
  • extra virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Salsa:

  • 1/2 papaya (or mango if that is more readily available), diced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • ¼ cup sweet or red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper



  1. Cut opah into smaller fillets the same width as the fillet is thick so that it will sear evenly.
  2. Squeeze lemon all over all sides of fish.
  3. Salt and pepper all sides of fish.
  4. Heat olive oil in frying pan. Sear fish over high heat for about 1-2 minutes per side so that the inside is still pink.
  5. Serve on plates with the papaya-avocado salsa.


For opah, substitute other fresh, sashimi-quality fish such as ahi tuna, salmon fillet, mahi-mahi, or monchong.

Keywords: fresh fish, fresh fruit salsa, papaya, citrus, sashimi, fish dinner, seared opah, seared fish, gluten-free, dairy-free, 30-minute meal