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Tacos de pescado adobado con salsa de piña
Serves 6

2 oz or 3 ancho chiles, rinsed, stemmed and seeded
1/2 cup white onion, coarsely-chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound of mild and firm fish fillets like snapper, striped bass, rock fish, snook or tilapia
4 pineapple slices
1 jalapeño or serrano chile, chopped, or to taste
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice, or to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste
Corn tortillas

To make the Adobo Sauce:
Cover the chiles with boiling hot water and let them soak for 10 minutes. Pace the chiles along with 1/2 cup of soaking liquid, onion, garlic, oregano, vinegar, sugar and salt in the blender. Purée until smooth.

In a saucepan set over medium heat, heat the oil. Once hot, pour the sauce into the oil; cover the saucepan, leaving it slightly open, and let the sauce season and thicken for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring here and there. Remove from the heat.

To make the Fish:
Baste the fish fillets with the adobo sauce; you may refrigerate them and let them marinate for up to 24 hours.

In a large skillet coated with oil and set over medium-high heat, cook the fish for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

To make the Salsa:
Heat a grill pan, a grill or a nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot and lightly coat with safflower or corn oil. Cook the pineapple slices for about 4 minutes per side until they are slightly charred. Remove from the heat, once cool enough to handle cut into bite-size chunks. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with the cilantro, chile, lime juice, oil and salt to taste.

To assemble Tacos:
Place the warm tortillas, the pineapple salsa and the fish on the table, then assemble the tacos!


Made this for dinner tonight.

It was delicious and I will make again. Would suggest adding extra garlic.

Hola Pati:

Por accidente me tropecé con tu episodio de ¡tacos, tacos, tacos! hace unos días, y no quise perder la oportunidad de intentar las recetas. Hace unos días preparé los tacos al albañil, y esta noche, los tacos de pescado adobado. ¡Salieron deliciosos! Dios mediante, en un par de días más prepararé los tacos de pollo. Definitivamente tus recetas pasarán a mi lista de recetas favoritas. :-)

Muchísimas gracias por compartir.

My husband and I discovered Pati’s Mexican table on the Create channel and we are huge fans! The recipes are great and we enjoy watching Pati cook and share stories about her family experiences. Pati seems to really enjoy sharing her recipes. Great show!

Thank you so much for watching, Heather!! I do love sharing the recipes. I hope you and your husband will have a chance to try some.

Love your show! Makes me hungry and want to be in Mexico :)

Gracias, Kim!!

I saw your program on the fish tacos and they look great. I am converting to more fish and less read meat. So I will try them ASAP and let you know.

I was also impressed with your use of “charred” green chile and garlic. My parents lived for this stuff and bought it at a Mexican farming community in New Mexico or Arizona every year. In fact, the community has a yealy “Hatch” Green Chill Fiesta every year. Another thing on my list to do.

Hola Ron, I’ve heard of the Hatch Chile Festival and hear it’s quite an experience. You should go!! And, yes, let me know how the fish tacos turn out.

Making these tonight, was sitting around this morning and saw your show and they look delicious!

Thank you, Jay! I hope you enjoy them.


I’m Mexican and I think that’s great to watch programs about Mexican food so people can understand that is not all about burritos, cream and lettuce!. I really like your recipes as they are so simple and easy to prepare.

I am with you Juan Carlos!

Hi Pati, I enjoy very much your programs on Creation station. I am from Brazil and I love everything made with tortillas but I always use the ones.
I am able to find at the supermarket. But my Brazilian family loves them and they would like to have a recipe so they can make at home. Can you please, send me a recipe for the white flour tortillas. Thank you again.

Hola Pati, mire su programa, me encanto mucho la receta de adobo fish taco, al dia sigiente la practique y me quedo tan rico que mi esposa le encanto, y por supuesto que yo me chupe asta los dedos, felicidades. tiene alguna receta de pescado sarandeado? Gracias por tan ricas recetas

Wow! I’m a fan!!!

Hi Pati! I watch you on Create here from Upstate New York. I made the fish tacos with the pineapple salsa last night after watching your program in the middle of the night on Saturday. They are delicious…really, truly amazing. It is rare for me to take the time to comment on any blog or website, but after having those tacos…and having sampled many other fish tacos in the past, I was truly impressed and wanted to say “kudos…and thanks.” This recipe is a keeper!!! Loved it so much that I emailed it to a friend immediately after eating them. Also, I took your suggestion and kept the seeds and ribs inside the serrano pepper…loved it…and love your show!

Blessings to you and your family…and thank you so much for sharing! –Bendicciones, Kelvin

Hola Kelvin, I’m so happy you enjoyed the fish tacos!! And thank you so much for sharing the recipe with your friend. All my very best to you.

Hola Pati.

Chicken Tinga is next on my list…making it tonight for a gathering with some college students…may also try the bricklayer style tacos for a little variety. I wanted to ask: do you have a recipe for Mexican Cheesecake (not a dessert, but a savory cheesecake made with chicken, jalapenos, Monterrey Jack cheese, etc.)? I have not made it in a while, but it was always a crowd pleaser. I have an old recipe from a friend; I’m really wondering if you know of such a dish in Mexico or is this a concoction originating here in the States?


Pati, the fish tacos were super delicious. I asked my wife to add this to our family dinner rotation. Keep the recipes coming. Your show is awesome!

Thank you, Victor!

Hi Patti Love the fish tacos. Up here in Canada, need more of this!!
Do You have a you tube channel for your stuff?


Thank you so much, Al! I need to do more with YouTube. I will let you know. 😉

Great, catching lots of ling cod up here which are great in tacos and maybe some other Mexican dishes, eh?

Just ordered your cook book from Amazon – looking fwd to trying new ideas in cooking

That looks yummy

Try it!

These look too good to pass up, thanks Pati!

My pleasure Josh!


I enjoy your show so much, you are such a pleasure to watch and your recipes are ones that I can see serving to my family. I have made your meatball recipe with rice and my boys loved them. I am going to make your fish tacos this week and I know we will enjoy those too.
Thank you for sharing.

Thank you, Jenny! I’m so happy your boys enjoyed the meatballs!!

I love your show and the Adobe Fish Tacos sound amazing! One question though, is the pineapple fresh, canned or frozen?

Super fresh!

Was wondering if this would work with shrimp?

Hi Mary, Yes, shrimp would work great!


This was such a wonderful and easy recipe! I made it the other night for a friend and we couldn’t get enough. I love that it’s a meal in one, really no need for a side dish or anything. I added diced avocado to the pineapple salsa which made for wonderful added taste and texture. I also grilled the fish which turned out perfectly. This will be a staple in my kitchen. And of course, I love your show! Thanks!

Matt, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! The addition of avocado sounds delicious!! Thank you for writing to me.

Hi Pati,
I usually don’t leave comments, but these tacos are BEST tacos EVER. My hubby said that now its his favorite dish and I have to do it few times a week. Really easy and delishes recepy. Thank you so much. I tried different salsas recepies from your site, all of them are winners. Guess what, no more Mexican restaurants for us, only Pati’s Mexican table. Now I just need to find black beans soup recepy for complete hapiness.

THank you Phira!! What a lovely message, I am so glad you are cooking Mexican at home and that your husband likes it too. You can find a pinto bean (can also use black bean!) soup in my cookbook ; )

I have a lot of Adobo sause left. With what else I can use it?

Mainly the adobo is for pork meat (Cochinita Pibil is a famous mexican plate), but I do not eat pork so is great with Chicken you can marinate as you did with the fish and then In a large skillet coated with oil and set over medium-high heat, cook the chiken on each side. It is great with shrimps.

“What’s up Pati”?

Thank you so much for this recipe, i.e. Adobe fish taco with grilled pineapple. When I first perused your search I could not for whatever reason find this recipe but,I did today. And since we are not having a regular winter in Northern California: today it is about 74 degrees sunny and warm. This recipe is going to hit the spot. You make cooking fun and so very tasty.

Silicon Valley

Thank you Pati. The fish tacos sound so good and I will be trying them shortly.

We here in the great lakes state of Michigan use walleye and salmon with your recipe and it is great would like to here more on salsas and marinades

Good to hear! Ok…

Me gusta mucho esta receta! Muy rico! Muchismas gracias, Pati!
These were a winner with my coworker whose wife is Mexican, and who has spent a good deal of time in Mexico eating local food. I used a pound each of cod and shrimp–the amount of marinade was plenty to cover both overnight. After cooking the seafood, I deglazed the pan with some water, thinned down the remaining marinade with water and additional lime juice (I hate to waste anything so good) and added it to the pan, then cooked it down again for at least 5 minutes (to kill any bacteria from the seafood), and used it as a sauce on the tacos with the salsa. Served with extra cilantro and lime wedges. Delicioso!

I’m interested in the flour less cake that you made tonight, June 6, 2015
Thank you, in advance.

Hi Fran, Thank you for watching. Here is the Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe: I hope you try it!

Hola Pati!!!

Saludos de Nuevo Mexico!!!

I recently started watching your show and absolutely love it!
Today I saw your chile relleno recipe and will now try making them again. You made it look effortless, gracias!

Usted y su familia viven en la ciudad de Mexico? I enjoy seeing your outings throughout the city, it’s so beautiful there :)


Gracias, Tania!!! Mi familia is from Mexico City, but we live in Washington DC. However, we go visit as often as we possibly can…

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