Escabeche de Pescado(Marinaded Fish or Pickled Fish)

by Erica Dinho on April 17, 2011

Pescado marinado

Escabeche de Pescado o Pescado Marinado is a typical dish from the Atlantic coast of Colombia. It is fish that is first marinaded in a vinegar and vegetable mixture for 24 hours in the refrigerator and served cold.

A dish like this one is perfect for spring and summer. It is easy to make and full of flavor. For this dish I used sword fish, but in Colombia it is usually made with ” Pez Sierra” or “Saw Fish”.

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(4-6 servings)

    For the fish

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 pounds sword fish, cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • Marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of capers
  • 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 11/2 cups white vinegar


  1. Place the fish in a plastic bowl and add the lime juice, salt and pepper. Place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  2. Dry the fish using paper towels and cover with all purpose flour. In a medium pan heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the fish and fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
  3. To make the marinade: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined.
  4. Take the fish from the oil and place in a glass dish. Cover the fish with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela April 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I’ve always wanted to try making this. Yours looks delicious and so colorful! Very inspiring.


2 norma April 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

This reminds me of one of the posts I did. I think escabeche de pescado is the perfect dish for a hot, steamy day. Very nice Erica…


3 nammi April 19, 2011 at 3:58 AM

looks delicious, does it keep well for a few days?


4 Stevie April 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM

This sounds excellent. I’ve had a Brazilian version of Escabeche with sardines instead of swordfish. I think that you’re only partially right about when to eat this as I’d enjoy it throughout the year ;)


5 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

That marinade sounds wonderful! I really need to use marinades more often, they’re so delicious. :)


6 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best April 20, 2011 at 10:11 PM

This looks so delicious! I like the tangy bright flavors in the marinade, which must be so good with the sword fish.


7 Simply Life April 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

oh i’m sure this is so fresh and delicious!


8 Pinga Tiesa September 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Escabeche de Pescado o Pescado Marinado is a typical dish from the Atlantic coast of Colombia. PARTLY RIGHT
Escabeche de Pescado o Pescado Marinado is a typical dish from MANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEAN AND SOUTH AMERICA.


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