This Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa is delicious served for lunch or dinner, and also makes great fish tacos or tostadas!

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Happy Monday, Friends!

We hosted a giant yard sale a few weeks ago, because I’ve been in a purging mood of late. My husband and I are seriously thinning out, reorganizing, and it’s not easy, I must say. One of the hardest things for me was to go through the kids’ rooms upstairs and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Oh, and my closet! (I used the “if you haven’t worn it in one year” approach.)

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After lots of work, I can say we finally did it.  My friend Laurel came and helped us set up and price the night before (we’re in a cul-de-sac, so no one really comes our way except the residents, so everything was safe), and we took advantage of the 80 degree southern Oregon weather! We thinned through the shed, attic, closets, entertaining supplies (yes, I had a lot), and it paid off.

Almost $900 later, we couldn’t believe how much lighter we felt (more space in the garage, rooms, full garbage cans, more organized). Ultimately just the discipline of purging is a lesson in itself.

Host a Yard Sale in 5 Hours

For many of us, stuff has become a burden too heavy to carry alone. When our parents die or become ill, or we decide to move, our stuff weighs heavy, and honestly, I don’t want my kids to have to go through everything I saved some day! Another thing I learned is to not overvalue our stuff, because we’ll never get what we paid for it. (Above, our 2 cute helpers who brought warm cookies and helped us for a couple of hours – Thanks, Minor and Jeannie!)

Get rid of something everytime you bring in something new.

I love the philosophy of getting rid of something every time you bring something new into the house. Keeping a sorting box in the closet or the garage is a good idea. Keep adding to it, and then start a new box or bag. Either fill the car and go to Good Will, or your favorite charity, or plan a yard sale.

Host a Yard Sale in 5 Hours

Host a yard sale in 5 hours.

Over the years, we’ve hosted many yard sales, and this is what we’ve learned and what has worked well for us (but I realize they may not work exactly for your situation):

1. Set a date and DO IT. Start purging and create a “sale station” in the garage or your house.
2. Host the sale on a FRIDAY to get maximum customers. Make sure and put the ad on Craig’s List or in your local paper. (Our local paper gives the first 3 lines away FREE for yard sales.)
3. Keep the time frame short. Host from 8-1. End on time!
4. Don’t host the sale a full day, or leave everything for a 2nd day sale, unless you have limitless time. Usually it only brings in a few extra dollars, and isn’t worth it. The average customer comes before 1 pm!
5. Set up the night before. Find or borrow as many tables as you can. Make your own clothes racks with ladders and rods (use a shower curtain rod). Clothes sell best when they are hanging, not in huge piles.
6. Put up signs & post FREE on Craig’s List. Go to the Dollar Store for yard sale signs and pre-made $$ stickers. Don’t feel like you have to price every single item, but instead make each table $1 items, $5 items, etc.
7. Be generous and start giving things away (that you’d take to Good Will) toward the last hour.
8. Price your things with yard sale prices, not retail. The goal is to move the stuff on!
9. DO NOT BRING ANYTHING BACK INTO YOUR HOUSE. Take what did not sell immediately to Good Will.
10. Call Habitat for Humanity or Good Will to schedule any big items that didn’t sell to be picked up that week.

If you have little kids, it’s fun for them to sell baked goodies!

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa.

So, after our big sale, we were exhausted (yes! it’s exhausting), but our daughter made a delicious meal (thank you, Abby!) with fresh mango salsa. It was delightful.

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

And easy.

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

We buy the tilapia at Trader Joe’s. You can freeze and defrost if you need to.

Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

We felt we were at a fish house being served this amazing meal. Oh, and fresh mango salsa? The best!

This recipe will be on our menu a lot this summer! It’s so light and fresh.

Do you have any yard sale tips you’d like to share?


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Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa

This Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa is delicious served for lunch or dinner, and makes great fish tacos, too!


  • 2 12 oz packages tilapia, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips, I buy at Costco
  • 1 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs + 1 Tbsp. water
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • About 1/2 cup olive oil for pan
  • 2 mango, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, diced, divided
  • 3 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


  • Wash and dry filets. Pat dry with paper towels. Cut into smaller increments (about four per filet); set aside.
  • In another flat bowl, beat the eggs and water together.
  • Place the flour in another flat bowl.
  • In another flat bowl or pie pan, crush the coconut and Panko together to break up the coconut chips.
  • Dip each filet into the egg mixture, then into the flour, and shake off excess. Then press each filet into the coconut breading mixture until coated.
  • In a large frying pan on medium heat, warm the oil for about 5 minutes. Do a test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a sprinkle of water, to see if it sizzles.
  • Place each prepared filet (dipped in egg, flour, and then coconut mixture) into pan; the oil should surround the fish.
  • Cook 2-4 minutes per side (depending on thickness–if fish is thick, cook longer and slower), until the breading is golden brown.
  • Place the diced mango, 1/2 cup red onion, cilantro, and the juice of 1 fresh lime in a small bowl.
  • Serve the mango salsa on top of the fish.
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