Grilled Fish Skewers (Pescado Embarazado)

Skewers of fish rubbed with a citrusy achiote-and-tomato-based marinade and grilled.
Skewers of fish are rubbed with a citrusy achiote-and-tomato-based marinade and grilled for this popular Mexican beach snack.Matt Taylor-Gross

Spanish for "pregnant fish," pescado embarazado is a mishearing of this dish's actual name pescado en vara asado, or grilled fish on a stick. It's one of the most popular dishes to eat at the beach in Nayarit, Mexico.

In this version adapted from chef Esther Sanchez of the Four Seasons Punta Mita's Aramara restaurant, the marinade is made with achiote paste, citrus, tomato, and cumin. Reserve some of the flavorful sauce and serve it on the side as a zesty condiment.

While the skewers are more commonly made with cubed fish like mahi mahi or dogfish these days, Sanchez prefers to use whole fish, such as mackerel or branzino.

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