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Pescado Adobado Recipe – Fried Adobado Fish

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Pescado Adobado – Fried Adobado Fish Balls (c)

Pescado Adobado – Fried Adobado Fish Balls

Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Although this dish can be a main course, it fits the bill for a tapa as well. There are three words to describe this dish – simple, easy and tasty! First, the fish is marinated in a combination of paprika, vinegar and spices. Flour and fry the fish and serve with mayonnaise for dipping.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Marinate: 24 hours

Total Time: 24 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 lb solid white fish, such as halibut
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup (8 oz) water
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil for frying
  • white flour to bread fish
  • mayonnaise for dipping


Rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towels. Cut fish into cubes 1.5 – 2 inches.

Peel and halve the garlic cloves. Place in a mortar with paprika, oregano, cumin, salt and a splash of vinegar. Mash into a paste. Add a bit of water to loosen any bits stuck to the mortar and pour out into a medium mixing bowl. Add rest of vinegar and water to bowl, Mix. Add the fish, cover and refrigerate, marinating for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Remove fish from refrigerator and drain. Pour olive oil into a large heavy bottom frying pan and heat oil for frying. Pour enough flour onto a large dinner plate to cover and roll the pieces of fish in the flour to cover.

Fry the fish until golden brown. Serve with mayonnaise.

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 5 out of 5
One of the best fish dishes I've ever had!, Member mr.sp1ce

I found your recipe after a business trip to Spain inspired me to try some Tapas. Thanks! It is easy and tastes fantastic. Everyone I've served it to has loved it. I add a tblspoon of Sherry vinegar to the regular vinegar and that give it an extra kick. I generally use Haddock and its the perfect fish. I'm trying it for the third time tonight!!!

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