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Filete de pescado al mojo de ajo

This Filete de Pescado al Mojo de Ajo recipe is one of the quickest ways to prepare fish filets. Just a few ingredients will render a delicious dinner in a matter of minutes. You can even use other types of fish, like cod, sole, or even salmon.
Course Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 307kcal


  • Tilapia or other fish fillets
  • 1 Lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (or a mix of half olive oil and half
  • vegetable oil)
  • 6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour optional, see note


  • Season fish with salt, pepper and lime juice. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Heat oil over low heat in a large frying pan. Once hot, fry the garlic slices until they are golden. Make sure to remove promptly once they are lightly golden, if you leave them longer they will get a bitter taste. This step takes a few seconds, so be very careful.
  • If using the flour, dust the fillets with the flour, very lightly. Now, turn the heat to medium high on the frying pan where you cooked the garlic. Once hot, add the fish and cook on both sides. The cooking time will depend on the fish’s thickness. It will be about 2-3 minutes
  • per side for those fillets about ⅓ inch thick, and about 5-7 minutes for thicker fillets. Do not turn the fish until every side is golden and cooked.
  • Remove this from the frying pan and place on a cooling rack with paper towel underneath to absorb any excess fat. To serve, garnish with the chopped parsley and golden garlic slices. (And if you add a little dab of butter, oh heavens!)

This dish is usually served with white rice, a salad or steamed vegetables, and a wedge of lime


    This recipe usually doesn’t call for the use of flour, but if you don’t have experience cooking fish, or do not have a non-stick frying pan, then the use of the flour will help you obtain a golden fish filet, and keep it from sticking to the pan or breaking while cooking.


    Serving: 6oz | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 565mg | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.5mg