If red snapper isn't available, use perch, trout, sea bass, or any white fish fillets your fishmonger recommends. If you can't find the achiote (annatto) seeds, omit them; the vegetables and juices will still be a zesty garnish. Store lefotovers in the refrigerator for sandwiches, salads, or tortilla toppings.

Jan Weimer
Recipe by Cooking Light May 1996


Recipe Summary

4 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf, and stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pour into a bowl; let stand 2 hours.

  • Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper over fish. Arrange 2 1/2 cups spinach in a vegetable steamer, and top with fish. Arrange remaining spinach over fish. Steam, covered, 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  • Divide spinach and fish evenly among 4 individual plates, and top with pickled vegetables and juice mixture.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; calories from fat 11%; fat 2.7g; saturated fat 0.6g; mono fat 0.5g; poly fat 1g; protein 37.6g; carbohydrates 13.3g; fiber 3.6g; cholesterol 62mg; iron 3.9mg; sodium 427mg; calcium 136mg.