Sea bass or any firm-fleshed fish may be used if grouper is not available. The grilled fish and fresh salsa are terrific when served with grilled corn and margaritas.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 2 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place fish in a shallow baking dish. In a bowl, stir together the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic, and olive oil. Pour mixture over fillets, and rub into fish. Cover, and refrigerate for 1/2 hour, turning the fillets once.

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  • Preheat the grill for high heat.

  • In a medium bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and sugar. Season to taste with salt. Set salsa aside.

  • Remove fillets from marinade, and pat dry. Brush the fillets with oil, and sprinkle with ground black pepper. In a small saucepan, boil remaining marinade for several minutes. Remove from heat, and strain out garlic cloves. Set aside to cool.

  • Grill fish for 4 minutes per side, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork. Transfer fillets to a serving dish. Transfer the fish to a serving plate. Spoon salsa over the fish, and drizzle with the cooked marinade to serve.

Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

511 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 26.3g; fat 19g; cholesterol 62.4mg; sodium 1244.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2005
I thought this recipe was great. In fact I cooked it twice in one week; the second time over chicken. The marinade was tangy and I loved the texture of the salsa topping. The ingredients are a little expensive but once you buy the two bottles of liquor you may use them again and again for this recipe or cocktails hehe. For the reviewer that stated that the fish was dry you shouldn't marinate it for longer than the recipe states (and then give a bad review). Fruit juices and/or liquor are known to "cook up" fish such as ceviche. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/26/2005
I was SO disappointed with this recipe!! From all the great reviews I had my expectations set high. It was expensive to make. I used Mahi-mahi & soaked it in Jose Cuervo tequila & Grand Marnier the night before. The fish turned out dry & the salsa was gross with it. It was so bad I couldn't even finish it. So disappointing. Read More
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130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2005
I thought this recipe was great. In fact I cooked it twice in one week; the second time over chicken. The marinade was tangy and I loved the texture of the salsa topping. The ingredients are a little expensive but once you buy the two bottles of liquor you may use them again and again for this recipe or cocktails hehe. For the reviewer that stated that the fish was dry you shouldn't marinate it for longer than the recipe states (and then give a bad review). Fruit juices and/or liquor are known to "cook up" fish such as ceviche. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2003
This has become a weekly favorite. I live in rural Mo having moved here from southern Ca. Adding variety to the standard fried-meat-and-potatoes local fare can be challenging. This recipe fits the bill. You'll never see a grouper in any of our local grocerey stores but we do occasionally get talapia (sp) and that works well. We also also use it on bonless chicken breasts and its wonderful! Its a great meal on a hot day because its light and the chilled salsa sets it off. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2005
We used Sea Bass and this recipe was AWESOME!!!! Like others, we dod not have Orange Liquer, and skipped it (based on the feedback to NOT use OJ - which we were going to). We also baked at 350 deg for about 25 minutes. We personally liked it better with the salsa. This was sooooooeasy and so darn good - gourmet with 5 stars!!!! Read More
(26)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
The only fish I normaly eat is sushi because I don't like cooked fish that much. But I have to say this is the best ever. I substituted Red Snapper and Scallions for the cilantro. All I can say is WOW!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2005
Made this but omitted the salsa.....was EXCELLENT. My husband said it tasted like it was from a restaurant. I also basted it with a little butter on the grill. The person that gave it a bad review must have marinated it too long fish will "cook" itself if left in any citric acid for too long. They said they did it the night before........good lord that would've turned it to mush or ruined it! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2003
I used some fresh amberjack from our trip to Islamorada. This was a big hit and we will serve it again. Have shared this with others. Served grilled corn on the cob from my freezer full of local produce. With a salad with key lime vinaigrette AWESOME!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2003
I made this recipe for about 30 people and turned even the biggest "seafood hater" into a fan! I left out the cilantro and don't feel the recipe suffered without it. I would advise making a little extra marinade since it adds so much flavor and keeps the fish and the salsa moist and flavorful. Thanks Bill for a recipe worthy of even the best cookbook!!!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2003
Mmm this is one of my favorites! It tastes like it is from a restaurant. Definitely company worthy. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2003
This is excellent. 2nd time I've made it. This time I used Grand Marnier organge roughy red onion fresh tomato and basal from the garden. It is now part of my recipes. Make this you won't be disapointed. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
07/26/2005
I was SO disappointed with this recipe!! From all the great reviews I had my expectations set high. It was expensive to make. I used Mahi-mahi & soaked it in Jose Cuervo tequila & Grand Marnier the night before. The fish turned out dry & the salsa was gross with it. It was so bad I couldn't even finish it. So disappointing. Read More
(7)
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