Puerto Rican red snapper with garlic sauce—or chillo al ajillo (CHEE-yo ahl ah-HEE-yo)—is traditionally served as a pan-fried whole fish with the garlic sauce either poured over the top or served on the side for dipping. The finished dish is a textural combo of crisp skin and tender, juicy meat. Dipping it in the al ajillo sauce coats it all in a robe of tart, garlicky goodness.
Regardless of which language you use to say it, this dinner dish is rich with flavor. And don’t get me wrong, salmon is great, but don’t be afraid to try something outside of your regular fish dish.
Traditional for Lent, but Delicious Any Time of Year
While many people of Puerto Rican descent eat chillo al ajillo on Fridays during the Lenten season (and most holidays where a fast from meat is appropriate), my husband’s grandfather began a Three Kings Day (Epiphany) ritual of…