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Tuesday, February 22 2011


  • 4    fresh or frozen halibut or salmon steaks, 1 inch thick (about 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 3    dried ancho or mulato peppers or 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder (see tip, page xx)
  • 1/4  cup  tequila or dry red wine
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 2  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1  Tbsp.  olive oil or cooking oil
  • 2  cups  chopped tomato (2 large) or one 14-1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2  tsp.  dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4  tsp.  salt
  • 1/4  tsp.  ground cumin
  •     Lime slices (optional)
  •     Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)
  • 3  cups  hot cooked rice (optional)


1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, if using dried peppers, cut open peppers; discard stems and seeds. Place in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 30 minutes to soften. Drain well. Cut the peppers into small pieces. In a blender or food processor, combine tequila and pepper pieces. Cover and blend or process until nearly smooth. In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender. Stir in tomato, oregano, salt, and cumin. Add blended tequila mixture and chili powder, if using. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place fish in a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the sauce over fish (cover remaining sauce and keep warm). Bake fish, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

4. Season fish to taste with salt and ground black pepper. If desired, garnish with lime slices and oregano sprigs and serve with rice. Pass remaining sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare the sauce as directed. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. To serve, place sauce in a covered saucepan and heat over medium heat until hot.

nutrition facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4 servings
  • Calories284, 
  • Total Fat (g)8, 
  • Saturated Fat (g)1,
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g)4, 
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g)2, 
  • Cholesterol (mg)45, 
  • Sodium (mg)306, 
  • Carbohydrate (g)13, 
  • Fiber (g)4, 
  • Protein (g)32, 
  • Vitamin A (DV%)0, 
  • Vitamin C (DV%)22, 
  • Calcium (DV%)10, 
  • Iron (DV%)17, 
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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