Rum-and-Pepper Painted Fish with Habanero-Mango Mojo

Rum-and-Pepper Painted Fish with Habanero-Mango Mojo

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 5 ounces fish, 1/4 cup mojo, and 1 cup salsa)


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 12 none whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 none (6-ounce) grouper or other firm white fish fillets
  • none Habanero-Mango Mojo
  • none Black Bean-and-Fruit Salsa
  • none Lime wedges (optional)


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add peppercorns and cloves, and cook 1 minute. Place spice mixture in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground. Place pepper mixture in a saucepan. Add rum and next 4 ingredients (rum through lemon juice); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Strain pepper "paint" through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Wrap handle of skillet with foil; heat oil in pan until hot. Brush pepper paint over one side of fish. Place fish, paint side down, in skillet; sauté 3 minutes or until dark brown. Turn fish over; place skillet in oven.

Bake 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve fillets with Habanero- Mango Mojo and Black Bean-and-Fruit Salsa; garnish fillets with lime wedges, if desired.

Note: Pepper paint may be refrigerated for up to a month.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 581none
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 36.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 55.1g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 945mg
  • Calcium: 91mg

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Rum-and-Pepper Painted Fish with Habanero-Mango Mojo Recipe