Pescado Al Ajillo (Fish in Garlic Sauce)

Garlic is one of my favorite foods. If you are a garlic lover, like me, you have to try this dish.

Pescado al Ajillo is a popular dish on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia. I went to Cartagena de Indias on vacation about fifteen years ago. We visited a small family restaurant that specialized in traditional Colombian food and I ate robalo al ajillo with patacones. It was absolutely fantastic!

I made my fish with garlic sauce using swordfish, but you can use any other firm white fish fillets, such as snapper, cod, flounder, sea bass, halibut or tilapia. They will all work beautifully for this dish.

Buen Provecho!

(4 servings)

2 pounds swordfish or any other white fish, cut into 4 pieces
Salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Garlic sauce or ajillo
7 garlic cloves, peeled
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 tablet chicken bouillon


  1. To make the fish: Season the fish with cumin, salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place in a baking dish in which they fit in a single layer. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake until the fish is opaque throughout when pierced with a knife, 10 to 15 minutes. The timing will depend upon the thickness of the fillets.
  4. Meanwhile make the ajillo: Place the garlic cloves and water in a blender and blend for about 1 minute.
  5. Transfer the garlic mixture to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and chicken bouillon. Stir well and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes minutes.
  6. Transfer the fish to a serving plate and pour the garlic sauce over. Serve warm.
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  1. says

    I think I am closely related to Rachael Ray on this one, She says and so do I; “I(we) eat so much garlic that it oozes out of our pores and I (we) smell like garlic all the time” also to quote her ” two garlic lovers cancel each other out”. So I think this dish is perfect for us. I am always wondering about new ways to serve fish. Thanks.

  2. says

    I can always count on you to present such fabulous recipes! This garlic sauce is just the kind of versatile flavor that I’d love to try with fish and other meats. I am bookmarking this (I’ve had to create a separate folder just for all of your dishes that I have to try!)

  3. says

    I love garlic too and use a lot on my cooking. It’s very good for health. Love your garlic sauce with fish. Looks very delicious.

  4. says

    Gosh Erica, that looks really good next to that perfect avocado! I love garlic and roast it, as well as make mufungo often! Keeps the vampires away, lol!

    I am in a town down south on a trip, and we had all you can eat shrimp last night, and all I can say is “Ahhhh, good to be home”! :)

  5. says

    Garlic is so important in my cooking also. When I see a recipe that calls for that beautiful little clove, I always double it.

  6. says

    I am a garlic lover as well, and I swear my hands always smell like it. Just a little. I’m definitely going to have to try this dish. No amount of garlic is too much for me!

  7. says

    Love this garlicky fish dish, I have a ton of garlic, and this would be a good dinner this week, just have to get some fish!

  8. Kayla H says

    I’m 16 years old and I actually made this recipe and served it over BBQ fish. It was good, but probably could use more seasoning and more garlic. This was my first try with this, so I hope to make it better in the future.

  9. Mónica says

    thank you, for such a delicious and simple recipe it was a great success. My parents loved the food come thank you


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