Achiote Tilapia (Super Simple)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

I just love the achiote seasoning found in the fish tacos in the Yucatan, so I decided to venture out and try to make the fish myself. . .success! Very simple too. I suggest serving with a squeeze of lime, a few slices of avocado and cilantro as a garnish. Adapted from a Ritz Carlton recipe in which they use this sauce to marinate whole red snappers.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 28.34 g red achiote paste
  • 9.85 ml salad oil
  • 59.14 ml orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 9.85 ml apple cider (may sub apple juice)
  • 2.46 ml Worcestershire sauce (may sub Jugo Seasoning if you have it)
  • salt and pepper
  • 453.59 g thin tilapia fillet


  1. Mix achiote paste together all ingredients down to the salt/pepper.
  2. Place fish in a shallow baking dish and pour achiote marinade over top.
  3. Cover dish and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Remove fish from marinade (discard marinade) and place fish on cookie sheet; let stand at room temp for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn oven broiler to high and let heat up for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Place fish under the broiler until cooked (it will flake easily and be opaque in color), approx 5-7 minutes depending upon the heat of oven and the thickness of the fish.
  7. Serve fillets atop saffron rice or serve in corn torillas for excellent fish tacos.
Most Helpful

This is a fantastic dish. The flavor is amazing - my entire family gobbled this up.

Just Nora May 23, 2009

That dish looks and sounds fantastic! It is already in my cookbook and will soon be tried! I'll return with a picture.

gemini08 April 04, 2009