|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 63g||80%|
|Saturated Fat 28g||141%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||40%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Whitefish and cilantro: they seem to have been made for one another, and this dish is proof. The cream, onions, garlic, and lime juice all contribute to a tasty mixture that bathes the fish in a fresh, attractive, bright green sauce.
This recipe is a little unusual for a Mexican dish; baked foods are not all that common in that country (ovens tend to be used only on special occasions), and the cilantro here is cooked, which is rare. The herb loses a lot of the intensity of its flavor and aroma with high heat, but in this case, there is more than enough cilantro in the dish to make up for that. Contrary to what many people think, cilantro stems are just as tasty as the plant’s leaves—and we use both in this dish.
1 large bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped, including stems, plus whole leaves for garnish
1 small onion, coarsely chopped, plus some diced for garnish
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups Mexican crema, or sour cream
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, preferably Mexican lime juice
2 1/2 pounds whitefish filets such as tilapia, grouper, or sole
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix together cilantro leaves and diced onion and reserve for garnish.
Melt butter in a medium-sized skillet. Sauté chopped onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until onion is translucent.
Place sautéed onions and garlic, crema, salt, lime juice, and cilantro into a blender. Process until you have a soft green sauce.
Lightly grease a glass or metal baking dish. Place white fish filets in dish in a single layer. Pour sauce over filets. Move filets slightly so that some of the sauce gets in under the fish.
Bake, uncovered, for about 25 minutes. Baking time will vary according to thickness of filets; watch your dish closely so that fish does not overcook. Fish is done when it can be easily flaked with a fork.
Garnish each serving with reserved cilantro and onion. Serve with white or red rice or boiled potatoes.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.