Recipe courtesy of Yaxche Maya Cuisine


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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15 pieces lime, juiced

8 cloves garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/6 package (3 5/7-ounce) package axiote (Annato)

4 pieces fish fillets, any bones removed

1 banana leaf

3 pieces sliced green peppers

1 piece sliced red onion

3 pieces sliced tomatoes

Grilled green beans, for service, optional

Cooked rice, for service, optional


  1. For the Axiote sauce:
  2. Stir the lime juice with garlic, salt, pepper and axiote. Set aside.
  3. For the fish:
  4. Marinate each fish fillet in axiote sauce for 5 minutes.
  5. Open the banana leaf, cut it in 4 pieces and equally place some of the vegetables and fish. Close it up as if it were a package and bake in a preheated 330 degree F oven for 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve it with grilled green beans and rice, if desired.