Recipe: Kamuela Tomato Scaled Tilapia

Mariposa chef de cuisine Marc Anthony Freiberg will present a Kamuela tomato scaled tilapia, smoked Kauai shrimp potato salad, & lilikoi brown butter recipe at this year’s Made in Hawaii Festival on Saturday, August 22nd at 12 p.m.

Here’s a look at the recipe:

Kamuela Tomato Scaled Tilapia

Recipe by Marc Anthony Freiberg, Mariposa

4 oz pieces of tilapia filet
2 Kamuela tomatoes very thin sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp bread crumbs


  • Layer tomatoes over fish
  • Season with thyme, olive oil, salt, and bread crumbs,
  • Bake on a greased pan for 20 minutes at 350 degree oven

Smoked Kauai Shrimp Potato Salad

Recipe by Marc Anthony Freiberg, Mariposa

2 large Yukon gold potatoes cleaned not peeled and diced ½ inch cubes
1 small red onion minced
1 carrot peeled and shredded
1 stalk celery small diced
1 avocado pureed with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
12 pc Kauai head on shrimp, smoked, peeled, and chopped

Blanch potatoes until soft, but not too soft, and let cool
Mix potatoes with rest of ingredients, season, and refrigerate

Lilikoi Brown Butter

Recipe by Marc Anthony Freiberg, Mariposa

2 fresh lilikoi pulped
¼ cup lilikoi puree
1/2# brown butter
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 sprig fresh thyme

Brown butter in a heavy sauté pan over med low heat, careful not to burn, once brown remove from heat. Place butter in mixing bowl and slowly whisk in lilikoi pulp and puree, then mustard and thyme and keep warm. If butter separates, just whisk together again right before serving.

Place potato salad on a platter, top with baked tilapia, drizzle sauce around and serve

Chef Marc Anthony Freiberg. Photo: Courtesy of Mariposa

Chef Marc Anthony Freiberg is the chef de cuisine of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus. With 18 years of experience in Hawaii, Freiberg looks for ways to include tastes sampled from his extensive travels. Using fresh, island-grown products, he adds a unique twist to classic dishes.

"Keeping Mariposa diners coming back for more, with a simple but inventive menu – where Mediterranean influence meets Hawaii regional cuisine – is our goal," says chef Freiberg.

The Made in Hawaii Festival Cooking Demonstrations are coordinated by HONOLULU Magazine and are sponsored in part by the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program. All of the recipes featured include farm fresh Made in Hawaii local produce or seafood resources.

The 14th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival happens on Friday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is produced by the Made in Hawaii Association and is presented by First Hawaiian Bank.