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Filetes de Pescado con Salsa Mexicana

Easy fish fillets in Salsa recipe, it is done in a matter of minutes, and it’s usually accompanied by a cold beer. That’s one of the things to look forward to when visiting my town. Filetes de Pescado con Salsa Mexicana.
Course Seafood
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 301kcal


  • 1 ½ pound of fish filets Tilapia, Sole or Cod works fine**
  • 1 lime
  • cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of canola oil

For the sauce

  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • ½ cup of white diced onion
  • 1 jalapeño o serrano pepper minced ***
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon of canola or olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley to garnish optional


  • Season the fish with the salt, pepper, and lime juice, then lightly dust with the flour, patting it on to coat the fish. The flour will help prevent the fish from breaking or sticking to the pan while cooking. Dust off any excess flour.
  • Heat the 2 Tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet at medium-high. Add the garlic slices and fry until golden.
  • Once the garlic has a golden color, remove the garlic slices. Place the filets in the skillet (avoid crowding the pan). Cook until firm. This step will take between 2 to 4 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet. Repeat this step with the remaining filets if not all of them fit at once.
  • Once each filet is cooked, transfer to a large dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm or place in a warm oven while you prepare the salsa (which will take just a few minutes). Or better yet, you can start the salsa while the filets are cooking.


  • Heat the tablespoon of oil in a non-stick skillet and add the onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic clove. Sauté until the onion is transparent.
  • Add the chopped tomato and stir, season with salt and cover. Let the salsa cook on medium high for about 5 minutes. The texture will be that of a (not overcooked) chunky salsa with a little bit of bite. Make sure you use good juicy tomatoes to have a great salsa, if not your salsa will be dry and you’ll need to add some water.
  • Serve the fish and top it with the salsa along with white rice, steam vegetables or a salad.


  • * Make sure you have all the ingredients ready according to the above list since this is a dish that cooks quickly.
  • ** You can use any other type of fish that’s available in your area.
  • *** Adjust the number of peppers to your taste or substitute the jalapeño pepper with a green bell pepper for a non-spicy version.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 936mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg