Pescado Guisado Recipe en Escabeche (Escovitched Fish)

Pescado Guisado Recipe en Escabeche (Escovitched Fish): modified from my mom's recipe, this amazing dish has a nice combination of flavors and textures.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Caribbean, Dominican
Keyword easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 1083kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 sea bass or red snapper fillets
  • 1 cup of oil for frying (peanut, soy or corn)

For the escovitch (sauce)

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large onion , sliced
  • 4 tomatoes , chopped
  • 2 bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)
  • A bunch of basil , chopped (optional)
  • 3 limes cut into wedges


  • Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of pepper and 1 tablespoon of salt. Coat the fish with cornstarch and shake off the excess.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a non-stick pan. Fry the fish fillets one by one until they are golden brown.
  • Set aside.

For the escovitch (sauce)

  • Heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the onions and cook and stir until the onions become translucent. Add the tomatoes and pepper and cook and stir for a minute. Add the tomato sauce and water. Cover and simmer until the tomatoes and pepper are cooked through.
  • Season with salt to taste. Add the basil and mix. Carefully place the meat on the sauce, and turn until it is coated with the sauce on all sides.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
  • Accompany with white rice or tostones. Garnish with the lime.


For a healthier version (non-fried), skip steps 1 to 5 and add the fish raw to the sauce. Simmer a little longer until the fish is cooked through. Each method produces a different dish, but both are delicious.


Calories: 1083kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 162g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 720mg | Sodium: 1619mg | Potassium: 2778mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2930IU | Vitamin C: 75.8mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 8.7mg