Al Pastor Fish with Spicy Pineapple Sauce

Al Pastor Fish 2

Hello everyone, I have a lot of news this week. First, this is the one year anniversary of our blog!  Well, technically, it was last Thursday. It is hard to believe it has already been a year since this all began. It has been a ton of fun, a lot of work, and hopefully very informative. I am looking forward to many more years of writing for you.

In other news, I just got a new job. I will now be a culinary instructor for the Job Corps. For those that do not know, the Job Corps is a technical training program for underprivileged youth.  This is a great opportunity for me and I am really excited for it. The downside of this is that over the next few weeks while I am moving and starting the job up, posts may be a little more erratic. I will continue posting, but I may not be able to get a post up every week for the next month or so.

All that said, let’s make a really delicious fish dish for this week’s meal. This is a great dish and combines my two favorite flavors, sweet and spicy. It also takes a little time since it has to marinate, but it is amazingly simple. You can use any fish you want with this dish, but a white fish, such as cod or whitefish, works best.

I served this fish with a side of kohlrabi, a vegetable related to cabbage, braised in tomato sauce.  This recipe serves two people.


1 dried quajillo chili (or other chili if you can’t find a quajillo)

1 tbsp achiote powder (or hot paprika)

1 garlic clove

2 fresh squeezed oranges small

¼ small onion

1 small tomato

2 pieces of firm white fish, such as cod (6 oz each)

¼ pineapple

1 orange juiced small

1 lime juiced

½ small onion

1 garlic clove

½ chipotle


1)      In a blender, blend the ingredients, from the dried chili to the tomato, until smooth.

2)      Marinate the two pieces of fish in the mixture for about 1 hour.

3)      Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

4)      Sprinkle the fish with a pinch of salt.

5)      Cook the fish for about 7 minutes or until it is tender but not falling apart.

6)      Meanwhile, blend the remainder of the ingredients until smooth to make the sauce.

7)      Plate the fish with the sauce and garnish with torn cilantro

8)      Serve and Enjoy!

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