Recipe courtesy of Yimara "Yia" Medina

Sofrito and Fish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Sofrito is the foundation of Puerto Rican cuisine and the base for many of the island's most popular dishes. Making this all-purpose blend of peppers, herbs and aromatics is something most people learn from their abuela (grandma). The word sofrito in Spanish means to saute something, a reference to how the seasoning is used rather than how it is made. Here it serves as an easy sauce for seared snapper fillets.



  1. Combine the green bell pepper, onion, aji dulce, garlic, 1/2 cup of the cilantro and the recao in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season both sides of the snapper with salt and pepper. Add the snapper to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the snapper to a platter.
  3. Lower the heat to medium, add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Pour the sofrito over the snapper and enjoy.