Picillo, also known as Pisillo, is a traditional Colombian dish from Los Llanos Orientales. This region covers most of the area of the departments of Arauca, Meta, Vichada and Casanare. Picillo is also a very popular dish in Venezuela, while each country has it’s own variations, and can be made with dried meat or fish.
Picillo de Pescado is made with salted fish and hogao made with scallions, onions, garlic, peppers, cilantro, achiote and tomato. It is usually served for breakfast with arepa on the side. Some cooks also add scrambled eggs to their picillo, but I made it the traditional way.
- 1 pound of salted codfish (bacalao)
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 3 scallions, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground achiote or color
- Soak the codfish overnight in water, changing the water 2 times.
- In a medium pot, with enough water to cover the salted codfish, cook for about 15 minutes. Strain and remove any bones. Set aside.
- In a large sauce pan warm the oil. Add the onion, scallions, red bell pepper, tomato and garlic. Cook until all the vegetables are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fish, stir well and cook for about 5 minutes more.
- Serve warm with arepa on the side.