Chipotle Baked Fish

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Chipotle chilies are dried, smoked jalapeños that are sold on their own or in a tomato-vinegar adobo sauce. To adjust the heat level in this recipe, reduce or increase the number of chilies and/or the amount of adobo to taste. Store the remaining chilies and sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


  • 2 yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo
  • 2 tsp. adobo sauce from chilies
  • 4 catfish, tilapia or other white-fleshed fish fillets, about 1 1/2 lb. total, pin bones removed
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Roast the onions
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Rub a shallow baking dish with a little olive oil. Spread the onions in an even layer in the dish and season lightly with salt. Roast, stirring once or twice, until softened and just beginning to brown, about 20 minutes.

Season the fish
Meanwhile, cut the chilies in half lengthwise, then finely chop the flesh. Place the chopped chilies in a small bowl, add the adobo sauce and stir to form a paste. Place the fillets on a plate, season lightly on both sides with salt and then rub both sides with the chili paste.

Cook the fish
Arrange the fillets, bone side up, on top of the onions. Bake until the fillets begin to flake apart near the tail ends, 6 to 9 minutes depending on thickness. Squeeze the juice from the lime halves over the fillets and onions, garnish with the cilantro and serve. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Seafood, by Jay Harlow (Oxmoor House, 2007).

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