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Baked Fish Fillets with Salsa Fresca

1 1/2 pounds fish fillets - -- (6 fillets), * see note 1
salt -- to taste
black pepper -- freshly ground, to taste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic cloves -- to taste, minced, up to 2
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 salsa fresca -- * see note 2

* Note 1: Either cod, snapper, sea bass, or a more delicate fish like sole; or small whiting, deboned. * Note 2: See the "Salsa Fresca" recipe which is included in this collection.

Salt and pepper the fish fillets. Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and cilantro in a shallow ovenproof casserole. Marinate the fish in this mixture while you prepare the salsa. Chill the salsa until 30 minutes before you are ready to bake the fish.

Preheat the oven to 400F Cover the casserole tightly with foil or a lid and bake for 12 minutes, or until the fish flakes. Remove from the heat and transfer to warm plates with a slotted spatula. Place a generous helping of salsa along the side of the fish and serve.

To prepare ahead of time: The fish can marinate for several hours. Prepare the marinade, add the fish and cover the casserole tightly with aluminum foil. Refrigerate until 30 minutes before baking, turning the fillets once or twice. The salsa will keep for several hours; refrigerate in a covered bowl.

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