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Frying a whole fish can be an intimidating task, especially when it comes to traditional dishes that carry memories of home and family. However, I recently rediscovered how simple and enjoyable it can be to recreate one of my favorite Colombian dishes, Mojarra Frita, right in my own kitchen. Paired with arroz de coco and a fresh side salad, this meal is not only delicious but also surprisingly easy to prepare.



Preparing the Fish:

  1. Marinate the Fish:

Cooking the Fish:

  1. Heat the Oil:
  1. Fry the Fish:

Preparing the Side Dishes:

  1. Arroz de Coco:
  1. Side Salad:


Plate the crispy, golden-brown Mojarra Frita alongside a generous serving of arroz de coco and a fresh side salad. Garnish with fresh lime wedges and a sprinkle of cilantro for an added burst of flavor.


A Taste of Home

This meal is more than just a dish; it’s a nostalgic journey back to the beaches of Colombia, where I enjoyed Mojarra Frita with my grandma. Now, I’m grateful to share this tradition with my daughter, creating new memories in our Colombian-American way. It’s a simple yet heartwarming way to bring a taste of home to our table.

So, next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t hesitate to pick up a whole tilapia and try your hand at this delicious and easy meal. It might just become a new favorite in your household too.

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