Filete con Ajo de Mojo (Fish Filet with Garlic)

mexican seafood

This is a common dish in the cocinas económicas of Isla Mujeres. It is best served with rice, black beans, marinated onions, hot sauce, and fresh hot tortillas.


  • 1 pound white fish filets such as snapper or halibut
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Rinse the fish filets. Marinate them for 2 hours in the lime juice and Worcestershire in a nonreactive bowl.
  2. Just before cooking, sprinkle the fish with garlic salt, pepper, and salt, and press the fresh garlic onto the fish.
  3. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat. When the butter begins to sizzle, carefully add the fish (it will splatter) and cover with a splatter screen. Sauté the filet five minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Drain the fish on the splatter screen for a few minutes and then serve immediately. Sprinkle it with your hot sauce of choice.

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