2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
4 (7-ounce) marlin fillets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 jar barbecue sauce
Combine the ancho chile powder, sugar, ground fennel, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper in a small bowl.
Sprinkle 1 side of the marlin with about 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture.
Heat oil in a large saute pan and sear the fish, spice-side down, until golden brown. Turn the fish over and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Brush with the barbecue sauce, turn over, and cook for 30 seconds. Turn over and brush with more of the sauce. Keep warm.
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