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Pescado en Salsa de Almendra y Nuez | Fish in a Green Almond and Walnut Sauce

By far my favorite fish dish in Ortiz’s Mexican Cooking, this recipe makes for some excellent fish tacos.

Essentially, this dish is a white fish cooked in a salsa verde, or green sauce with ground nuts used as thickener. In this case, using a combination of almonds, walnuts and sesame seeds. What I love about this dish is its combination of regional and continental cooking styles. The classic Mexican green tomatillo sauce, seasoned with serrano chiles and coriander is gives a nod to European sensibility with the addition of white wine.

I am inclined to turn every Mexican recipe into a taco, but in this case that action actually truly is justified.


1 cup white wine
1 can green tomatoes
2 x onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 lbs white fish (halibut, sole, etc)
1/2 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tbsp sesame seeds
6 x canned serrano chiles
1 tbsp coriander, chopped


  1. Bring white wine to a boil along with 1 cup of liquid from canned tomatoes, onions, garlic and salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Poach the fish in this court bouillon until cooked and remove gently.
  3. Blend bouillon with almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, green tomatoes, and coriander until a puree. Re-heat and pour over fish. Serve with lemon slices.