Key West Margarita Grouper



  • 4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeƱo, seeded and minced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place fillets in a shallow baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the tequila,orange liqueur, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic, and olive oil.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade and set aside.
  4. Pour remaining marinade over fillets; cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour turning the fillets once.
  5. For salsa, combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and sugar in a medium bowl; season to taste with salt and set aside.
  6. Preheat the grill on medium-high heat.
  7. Remove fillets from marinade, brush tops with oil and season with black pepper.
  8. Grill fillets for 4 to 5 minutes per side until center is opaque and meat flakes easily with a fork.
  9. Transfer fillets to serving plates.
  10. In a small saucepan, heat reserved marinade to a simmer; remove from heat and set aside.
  11. Drizzle warm marinade over the fillets and serve with salsa.