Seared Fish Fillets in Fruity, Nutty, Garlicky Mojo

Pescado Sellado en Mojo de Ajo con Frutas Secas y Nueces
Recipe from Season 7, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 4


  • 2/3cupSlow-Cooked Garlic Mojo (stir before measuring, include about 1/4 cup oil in this quantity)
  • 1/2cup (about 2 ounces) coarsely broken or chopped pecans
  • 1cup (about 5 ounces) coarsely chopped dried fruit—I love a mixture of dried apricots and prunes, though made with a single fruit it's good, too)
  • 1/2cup fruity red wine
  • Salt
  • 4 5- or 6-ounce fish fillets - try meaty fish like halibut, snapper or mahi for good results
  • About 1/4cup coarsely chopped parsley


Spoon a couple of tablespoons oil off the mojo de ajo into a very large (12-inch) skillet. Scrape the remaining mojo into a small saucepan and add the nuts, dried fruit, wine and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer over medium heat until the wine has reduced and the nuts and fruit start to slowly sizzle in the oil, about 5 minutes; reduce the heat to low.

Set the skillet with the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, sprinkle both sides of the fish fillets with salt and lay them into the oil. When brown underneath, about 3 minutes, flip the fillets over and cook the other side until the fish is as done as you like—about 3 minutes more for medium-done halibut or snapper. Transfer to warm dinner plates. Stir the parsley into the fruity, nutty mojo and spoon it over the fish. Serve right away.

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