Corvina a La Chorillana (Peruvian Fish in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Corvina is similar to sea bass. You can use any firm white fish in this dish. You can also substitute 1 1/2 drained, chopped canned tomatoes for the fresh. Adapted from Time/Life Foods of the World.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon annatto oil in a heavy 4-quart pot over moderate heat, tipping pot to spread oil across the bottom.
  2. Spread half the onion slices, tomatoes, and chili strips in the hot oil.
  3. Sprinkle with half the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Lay fish steaks on top of vegetable mixture.
  5. Cover with remaining vegetables and seasonings.
  6. Drizzle remaining annatto oil over top.
  7. Cover and simmer over low heat until fish is opaque and firm, 20-30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  8. NOTE: to make annatto oil, heat 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a saucepan over moderate heat. Stir in 1/4 cup annatto (achiote) seeds. Stir for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, and strain. This will keep several months if tightly covered and refrigerated, but it will lose flavor as it ages.
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Wow! I'm in love with annatto now! I actually went to a spice store when I was on vacation and bought both annatto and achiote seeds (small amts of both) because I knew it was a spice used in South American cooking. Then I only needed to search for a recipe that used it...and I'm so glad I tried this one.! Yummy flavors going on here. Will do again. Thanks! Made for Culinary Quest - South Amercia - International Agents of Quest.

LifeIsGood August 28, 2014

We enjoyed this very much! Healthy and simple technique. Made a wonderful weeknight meal. Next time I would increase garlic a tad. Nice combination of onion, tomato, and jalapeño peppers which is so pretty. Reduced recipe for 16 ounces of fish, and DH and I ate every morsel! Living here in north-woods of Wisconsin, I was unable to buy sea bass and for some odd reason the grocery did not have haddock or cod either so bought pollock which is not 1/2 inch thick. Mine did over cook which you see from pic, had on 30 minutes-- should have been maybe 25. For the annattoo seed which I could not find and according to kitchen dictionary knew we would not like turmeric so did differently, (for 16 ounces fish) I subbed in 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, and 2 teaspoons chile powder, let set without heat, and then did strain. Served with by starrynews. Thanks for sharing. Made for Culinary Quest 2014

WiGal August 21, 2014

Oh Yum! This is so good it has to be 5 stars. I used garlic oil as I have never seen annatto oil or seeds so I hope that garlic oil isn't too far off. This delivers rich flavor in spades and it turned out wonderful, especially with a rookie DH cook. I'm so proud of him. It was paired with brown rice and a green salad for a healthy and scrumptious meal. Made for ZWT7 and Team Witchin Kitchen.

Annacia June 01, 2011