Marinating whole fish with herbs and spices before grilling gives this dish an added boost of fantastic flavor without extra fat or calories.


Credit: Romulo Yanes

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20 mins
16 mins
36 mins
Serves: 4


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  • Preheat grill to medium-high. In a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, smash cumin, paprika, 1 tsp. salt, garlic and chile until whole spices are cracked and garlic and chile are mashed. Stir in 2 Tbsp. oil. Place fish on a baking sheet; with a paring knife, make a few shallow slits in outside of flesh. Set 1 Tbsp. spice paste aside and rub fish all over with remaining paste. Stuff fish with lime slices.

  • Oil grill grates. Brush fish with 1 Tbsp. oil, place on grill and close cover. Grill, turning once, until flesh flakes easily when pierced and skin is charred and crisp, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter and let rest.

  • In a bowl, stir reserved spice paste with lime juice, parsley, cilantro, 1 Tbsp. water and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil. Spoon herb sauce over fish and serve.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; fat 20g; saturated fat 3g; protein 45g; carbohydrates 3g; fiber 1g; cholesterol 81mg; iron 2mg; sodium 626mg; calcium 98mg.