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Peruvian Fish Tamales

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

1
lb fish fillet
1
teaspoon yellow chili paste or chipotle in adobo (or to taste)
3
tablespoons melted butter
Salt and pepper
Corn pancas (wraps)
2
boiled ears of corn

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

If you do not find the cornhusks, use aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Wrapped like little tamales, this ancient fish recipe (sometimes seafood) is one of the oldest in the coasts of northern Peru and one of the most fun ways to cook fish. It is colorful, rich and makes a great dish for Lent. I cook this dish in the oven, but if you want to use your BBQ it will still be delicious, the same goes if you prepare it on the grill. As long as the fish is securely wrapped, it will be juicy and delicious. You can use whatever type of fish you like for this dish. I prefer white fish, because I think any of this type is great, but if you want to use trout or salmon then get to work and be sure not to overcook it. I do not recommend tuna because it’s delicate meat that is better kept for other cooking methods. I suggest this recipe for Lent with a side with boiled or roasted corn with rosemary and olive oil.

You can accompany this dish with a green salad and sliced tomatoes.

If desired, you can cook in a steamer for 20 minutes.

Directions

  • 1 Cut the fish fillets in bite-sized portions, 1x1-inch. Place the fish in a container and season with chili paste or chipotle in adobo, butter, salt and pepper.
  • 2 Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • 3 Put the cornhusks in boiling water and dry them well. Put two of them together, but overlapping, to make a large rectangle. You should have four. In the center of each, place 1/4 of the fish. Wrap the fish like a tamale and tie the ends of the husks with a piece of the same panca or kitchen string. Place in a heat-resistant container.
  • 4 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • 5 To serve, open the top of the tamales and serve two per person, accompanied by slices of cooked corn.

Wrapped like little tamales, this ancient fish recipe (sometimes seafood) is one of the oldest in the coasts of northern Peru and one of the most fun ways to cook fish. It is colorful, rich and makes a great dish for Lent. I cook this dish in the oven, but if you want to use your BBQ it will still be delicious, the same goes if you prepare it on the grill. As long as the fish is securely wrapped, it will be juicy and delicious. You can use whatever type of fish you like for this dish. I prefer white fish, because I think any of this type is great, but if you want to use trout or salmon then get to work and be sure not to overcook it. I do not recommend tuna because it’s delicate meat that is better kept for other cooking methods. I suggest this recipe for Lent with a side with boiled or roasted corn with rosemary and olive oil.

Rate and Comment

Morena Cuadra Morena Cuadra
September 28, 2015

Wrapped like little tamales, this ancient fish recipe (sometimes seafood) is one of the oldest in the coasts of northern Peru and one of the most fun ways to cook fish. It is colorful, rich and makes a great dish for Lent. I cook this dish in the oven, but if you want to use your BBQ it will still be delicious, the same goes if you prepare it on the grill. As long as the fish is securely wrapped, it will be juicy and delicious. You can use whatever type of fish you like for this dish. I prefer white fish, because I think any of this type is great, but if you want to use trout or salmon then get to work and be sure not to overcook it. I do not recommend tuna because it’s delicate meat that is better kept for other cooking methods. I suggest this recipe for Lent with a side with boiled or roasted corn with rosemary and olive oil.