This homemade battered fish recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal. It's full of flavor and easy to make.
Today I am sharing another classic and easy to make Colombian recipe with you, a dish called Pescado Aborrajado. It is a simple and flavorful fried battered fish dish that is popular around the country.
This recipe is made with simple ingredients and you can turn plain fish fillets into a flavorful and crispy batter fish recipe. It’s easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser for both kids and adults. This delicious dish is perfect for lunch or dinner.
What to Serve with this Battered Fish
Some of my favorite side dishes to serve with this battered fish are my coconut rice, and tomato and avocado salad. These potato salad, carrots and beets salad and rice with coca cola will pair perfectly with this Pescado Aborrajado too.
Making my grandmother’s recipe for this Colombian-Style Battered Fish brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me. It had been a long time since I had Pescado Aborrajado. Mamita used to make it at least twice a month and I loved it!
I was very close to my grandmother growing up and spend a lot of time at her house, I even lived with her for a while. I was lucky enough to experience her cooking every day and really miss mamita and her Colombian food.
Type of Fish for this Recipe
You can use your favorite fish to make this dish. I recommend using cod, trout, halibut, tilapia or mahi mahi. Buy fresh fish with the skin removed to make the preparation easier or frozen fish fillets will also work.
Tips to Make Battered Fish
It’s best to serve battered fish immediately, as the crispy coating on the fish will soften as it sits.
Make sure that the oil is hot before adding the fish to the pan, or the fish will become very greasy. The oil should be shimmering and if you drop a small amount of batter in, it’ll sizzle if the oil is ready.
Placing too many pieces of fish into the fryer at a time will quickly drop the temperature of your oil. Add a couple pieces of fish at a time, giving them space and time to get crispy.
Pescado Aborrajado Recipe (Colombian-Style Battered Fish)
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- ½ tbsp sazon Goya with azafran
- ½ cup milk
- Salt and pepper
- 4 cod or trout fillets
- Salt and pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Vegetable or canola oil for cooking the fish
To make the batter:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the beaten egg, flour, sazon goya, milk, salt and pepper. Whisk to make a smooth batter.
Prepare the Fish:
- Season the fish with salt, pepper and ground cumin. Dip the fish fillets in the batter, letting the excess drip off.
- Heat about 2 inches of oil in a skillet. Fry the fish for about 5 to 7 minutes until crispy and brown. Remove the fish and place on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
I hope you enjoy this Pescado Aborrajado as much as I do. My grandmother made this dish with trout or cod fish. I used cod fish this time, but feel free to use trout. Either way, this is a simple, but delicious dish.
More Seafood Recipes to Try
Cazuela de Mariscos (Seafood Stew)
Arroz con Camarones (Rice with Shrimp)
Pescado Frito (Fried Whole Fish)
That fish has the absolutely perfect crust!
Looks delicious! I love fish and chips, so I'll love this too! Beautiful photos!
That fish has such a great crust on it!
Goosebumps all over !
Shiver-inducing recipe and photos. Loved it 🙂
I usually don't care for fish at all but I think even I would like this fish with that golden crispy crust! That second picture is just gorgeous.
I love your website and all the recipes, I grew up in Colombia and love our food but unfortunately I did not learn how to cook. With your recipes I have been able to learn and cook the food that I was given at home while growing up. Mil y mil gracias!!!!
Hey Erica- another wonderful recipe! I am wondering if you have found any fish here in the US to make something similar to mojarra frita? Thanks again.
It is coming soon!
I have been using your website as a guide to cook for my Colombian husband for years. I am running into an issue I follow an all organic diet of no processed foods. That means no more guanabana or lulo pulp =( I absolutely hate that Goya puts MSG and high fructose corn syrup into EVERYTHING! Do you have any alternatives to making your own Saffron from scratch? I use real saffron in my cooking but I use it sparingly since it is so expensive.
Erin- You can use achiote.
Super easy to make and my family loved it!I absolutely love all of your recipes. I moved to the US when I was 10 so I missed out on lots of cooking lessons and my mother passed away so I keep up with Colombian cuisine through your site! Thank you!
So delicious recipes I loved. Now I want the recipe for torta my mother made for our birthdays. Was a pound of butter and a lot of eggs etc. Do you have the recipe? My sister say that the cake was famous for birthdays in the coast!
Can you share it if you have the recipe