adobo fish on a plate with mango, tomato, and limes

Adobo is a beloved seasoning throughout Latin America. It’s made of a blend of seasonings such as garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and turmeric. You can use it for just about everything, but in this recipe, it’s rubbed on fish and seared to create a crisp, golden-brown surface. It’s paired with mango salsa and a big bed of greens to make it the ultimate sweet and savory dish for summer. — Kiera Wright-Ruiz

Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2

  • A mango is peeled, pitted, and diced.
  • A tomato is diced.
  • A red onion is diced.
  • The chopped cilantro has leaves and stems.
  • 1/2 fruit, diced
  • 1 lime halved
  • A quartered orange.
  • Skin on or off of fish fillets is what they call it.
  • 2 1/2 ounces of adobo seasoning.
  • Kosher salt is 1 1/2 ounces.
  • 2 ounces of olive oil.
  • chopped lettuce


  1. In a large bowl, combine mango, tomato, onion, and cilantro.
  2. The bowl has lime and orange in it.
  3. Place 1 spoon of salt in the mix and mix until fully incorporated. Set aside.


  1. In the pan, cook olive oil over high heat.
  2. The paper towel should be used to dry the fish.
  3. Rub adobo and 1/2 cup salt on both sides.
  4. The fish is even yellow if you Rub the seasonings evenly over it.


  1. Once oil is hot, sear fish on both sides for about 2 minutes each.
  2. If necessary, work in batches.


Fish can be served on a bed of lettuce. Enjoy the mango salsa with top fish.

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Kiera Wright-Ruiz is a food writer, recipe developer, and author based in Tokyo. Her first picture book, “I WANT TO BE SPAGHETTI!,” comes out in July 2023, and her first cookbook, “The Half-Latinx Cookbook,” will publish in spring of 2025. Follow her at @kierawrr for more.