Pescado en Mojo de Ajo (Fish in Garlic Sauce)
Recipe type: Seafood
Serves: 1
  • 1 skinless fillets of any mild white fish
  • flour
  • clarified butter
  • a lot of garlic
  • juice of one lime
  • additional lime wedges
  1. Use only Clarified butter (don't even think of using butter).
  2. Dust the fillets lightly with flour.
  3. Meanwhile, heat some of the clarified butter in a frying pan until hot but not smoking.
  4. Saute the fish until lightly browned (some Mexican cooks fry fish until it is the approximate consistancy of our potato chips , but this is taking authenticity a bit too far.
  5. Remove the fish from the pan, and add additional butter if needed (you will want about 2-3 Tbsp. of melted butter per fillet to sauce the finished dish).
  6. Add garlic to the pan and saute garlic until it is a light brown color. Do not allow it to burn, but do allow the garlic to take on some color and become slightly crisp.
  7. Squeeze in the lime juice.
  8. Pour the hot butter/garlic mixture over the fish, and serve.
This dish is quite common in Southern Mexico, and traditionally would be served with black beans (either whole or refried); perhaps a simple dish of rice, cooked in chicken broth with chopped cilantro and a few diced green chiles; a side relish of homemade fresh salsa (see Pico de Gallo).
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