Chili Lime and Tomato Marinade

"My boyfriend loves spicy stuff so I found stuff in my cupboards and made this marinade. I've only used it once on Salmon, but he said it was the best salmon he ever ate and didn't even need lemon juice on it. Coming from the guy who douses his fish like he's putting out a fire, that meant a lot to me. I only marinated the fish for 3 hours but anywhere from 45 minutes to overnight should also be good. Make sure to flip it over at least once so both sides of the fish get a good soak! This is good for anywhere from 1/2-1lb of fish. Suggestions: Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Tilapia and Mahi-Mahi."
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  • Combine all of the ingredients except the chili powder in a bowl and mix well. Taste to see if marinade has an acceptable level of spice. If not, add more hot sauce (not buffalo sauce!) to taste. Place fish in a plastic zipper bag or make a bag out of tin foil. Add marinade and make sure fish is coated. Place in fridge for desired amount of time, but at least 45 minutes, turning at least once before cooking.
  • When ready to cook, make a bag out of tin foil and place fish and marinade in it, if not already. Sprinkle the chili powder over the fish and make sure the top of the "bag" remains open, high enough so the marinade does not escape. Cook at 400 degrees until done. (Cooked) Marinade also doubles as a sauce for the fish if desired.

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