Grilled Yellowtail with Charred Tomato-Nopal Salsa

Jurel con Salsa de Jitomate y Nopal
From Season 8, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 4


  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2cup good-quality olive oil
  • 2tablespoons fresh lime juice (preferably key limes- you’ll need about 4)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper, preferably freshly ground
  • 46-ounce skinless yellowtail (or other firm white fish like American Red Snapper or striped bass) fillets
  • Charred Tomato-Nopal Salsa
  • 1/2cup coarsely crumbled chicharron (Mexican crisp-fried pork rind)


Combine the garlic, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a little black pepper. Place the fish in the bowl and smear all sides with the marinade. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Heat half of a gas grill to medium-high. Or light a charcoal fire and let it burn until the charcoal is covered with white ash, then bank the coals to one side. Lay the fish directly over the heat and grill until the grill marks are a rich brown and the fish releases from the grill, about 2 minutes. Flip it over and grill the other side, then move it to the cooler side and let it coast slowly to perfect doneness (the fish will flake under firm pressure from a finger), about 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer each fillet to a dinner plate. Spoon the Charred Tomato-Nopal Salsa over the top and garnish with the crumbled chicharron.


  1. Hi, I watch your show, love it!!! My dad and brothers went fishing and brought back some yellow tail, I’m going to try your grilled yellow tail dish. Thanks, Linda

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