Grilled Fish with Habanero and Sour Orange Marinade

Pescado a la parrilla con habanero y naranja agria
Servings: 4


  • 4filets (about 6 ounces each) corvina, sea bass, grouper or any other mild white fish
  • 9tomatillos , halved
  • 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 4 habanero chiles
  • 1/4cup orange juice
  • 1/2cup lime juice
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • For the Salsa
  • 1/4cup finely diced red onion
  • 1ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 to 2tablespoons fresh herbs (I like cilantro, basil and parsley here)


Light a charcoal fire and let the coals burn until covered with gray ash but still very hot; bank the coals to one side and set the grill grate in place. Or, heat one side of a gas grill to high.

Make the marinade In a small (7- to 8-inch) non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, roast the tomatillos (start them cut-side down), garlic and habanero chiles until soft and browned, 3 or 4 minutes per side. (If a non-stick skillet is unavailable, line a regular skillet with aluminum foil.) Cool until handleable.

Slip the garlic out of its skin, remove the stems from the chiles and place both into a blender. Add the lime and orange juices and salt, then blend until the mixture is smooth. Brush half the marinade over the filets.

Add the roasted tomatillo and fresh herbs to the blender jar and blend with remaining marinade until smooth. Pour the salsa into a small bowl and mix in the avocado and red onion.

Finishing the dish Brush or spray the filets with oil and place skin side up on the hottest part of the grill, cooking about 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and serve with salsa.


  1. can I cook the fish in the oven, broiler or skillet instead of a grill. I love your show. I am going to try restaurant Axiote this year.

  2. Looked absolutely great on TV. But the 4 habeneros were so powerful that they dominated the taste of the sauce and really the fish. The corvina, however, was terrific! Going to try it with one or two habs.

    Please keep up the great recipes, though.

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