Some foods are synonymous with fun, lazy days. Pescado frito (fried fish a la Dominicana), is one of them, an uncomplicated dish of fried whole snapper that is crispy and flavorful.

– 6 small seabass, snapper, or grouper, (½ lb [0.23 kg] each) scaled, gilled, and gutted – ½ teaspoon oregano (dry leaves), powdered – 3 crushed garlic cloves – ½ teaspoon pepper (freshly-cracked, or ground) – 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for serving – 3 tablespoons cornstarch – 4 cup vegetable oil, for frying – 2 limes cut into wedges


Score fish:

Score fish 3 or 4 times diagonally on both sides.

Rub each fish:

Rub each fish with the cornstarch, making sure it gets into the cuts.Sprinkle each fish with a pinch of oregano, garlic, pepper, and salt.


Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.In a frying pot heat the oil over medium-high heat (350 ºF [176 ºC]). Deep-fry one by one until golden brown on both sides.

Garnish with lime wedges:

Garnish with lime wedges, and serve with extra salt on the side.

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