Citrus marinated grilled fish

Recipe for citrus-marinated grilled fish, made with fish marinated in bitter orange juice, orange zest, chipotle powder, garlic powder, cumin seeds, and oregano. Fish additionally can be seared.

Citrus marinated grilled fish
Citrus marinated grilled fish


  • 2 lbs of white fish fillets, can use cod, halibut, rockfish, mahi-mahi, etc
  • ¼ cup of Naranja agria or sour orange juice, from 1 fruit (can replace with a mix of half fresh orange juice and half lime juice)
  • ½ tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sour orange zest (or regular orange zest)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground chipotle powder, or your favorite chili powder, adjust to taste – use paprika for non-spicy variation
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Tortillas or tostadas
  • Citrus habanero salsa
  • Homemade guacamole or avocado slices
  • Latin style rice
  • Fried ripe plantains
  • Cebollas encurtidas or lime pickled red onions


  1. Mix the dry spices and seasonings with the sour orange juice and oil.
  2. Rub the fish fillets with the citrus marinade and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the grill, for the indoor grill, I usually heat it to max/searing temperature.
  4. Grill the fish to the desired doneness. The exact time will vary based on your grill and the thickness of the fish fillets. For the indoor grill, it usually takes 5-6 minutes for the fish to be cooked but still moist.
  5. Serve the grilled citrus fish with your choice of toppings and side dishes.


Make a quick entree salad using any leftovers, start with a layer of salad greens, add some avocado slices, the grilled fish, the citrus habanero salsa, and an extra squeeze of fresh lime with a drizzle of olive oil

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