Pescado Frito (Fried Fish a la Dominicana)

Pescado Frito Recipe (Fried Fish a la Dominicana): the kind of dish that you can order almost anywhere in the Dominican Republic (best done in coastal towns). It is an essential component of a beach day and a very popular street food.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1393kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 6 small seabass, snapper or grouper (1/2 lb [0.23 kg] each) scaled, gilled and gutted
  • ½ teaspoon of dry oregano or thyme leaves , powdered (optional)
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper , or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt , or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 4 cups of oil for frying
  • 2 limes cut into wedges


  • Score fish 3 or 4 times diagonally on both sides. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle each fish with a pinch of thyme (or oregano), garlic, pepper and salt. Rub each fish with the cornstarch, followed by the salt and pepper, making sure it gets into the cuts.
  • In a frying pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Deep-fry one by one until golden brown on both sides. Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Serve with tostones and garnish with the lime wedges and salt on the side.


Calories: 1393kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 240g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1080mg | Sodium: 1514mg | Potassium: 3490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 11.5mg