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Achiote Tilapia (Super Simple)

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“I just love the achiote seasoning found in the fish tacos in the Yucatan, so I decided to venture out and try to make the fish myself. . .success! Very simple too. I suggest serving with a squeeze of lime, a few slices of avocado and cilantro as a garnish. Adapted from a Ritz Carlton recipe in which they use this sauce to marinate whole red snappers.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 ounce red achiote paste
  • 2 teaspoons salad oil
  • 14 cup orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider (may sub apple juice)
  • 12 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (may sub Jugo Seasoning if you have it)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb thin tilapia fillet


  1. Mix achiote paste together all ingredients down to the salt/pepper.
  2. Place fish in a shallow baking dish and pour achiote marinade over top.
  3. Cover dish and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Remove fish from marinade (discard marinade) and place fish on cookie sheet; let stand at room temp for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn oven broiler to high and let heat up for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Place fish under the broiler until cooked (it will flake easily and be opaque in color), approx 5-7 minutes depending upon the heat of oven and the thickness of the fish.
  7. Serve fillets atop saffron rice or serve in corn torillas for excellent fish tacos.

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