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Veracruz Style Fish

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2
onion, sliced in thin rounds
1
green bell pepper, sliced in strips
2
cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
2
bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
15
green olives
2
tablespoons capers
4
tilapia fillets (5.5 oz each)
Sprigs of cilantro for garnish (if desired)
1
lemon, sliced (if desired)

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

For a spicy version, replace bell pepper with a sliced pickled jalapeño.

Refreshing seafood is always on top of our list when it comes to a celebratory meal. Father’s Day is no exception. Even though a smoky barbecue is the traditional way to celebrate dads, I feel that cooking a healthy seafood dish on this day is ten times better and more distinguished than the typical all-american cookout. My husband is an avid seafood fan and loves the explosion of fresh flavors in Veracruz-style fish. The preparation is extremely easy and quick. This version uses green bell peppers for a non-spicy version the entire family can enjoy. For a nice heat kick, add pickled jalapeño peppers sliced in strips. This year, celebrate dad with a plate-full of fresh white fish topped with this delicious sauce. I guarantee, this will become your traditional father’s day dish of choice for years to come.

Use a large wooden spoon to carefully turn fish fillets over as they cook.

Directions

  • 1 In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil over low to medium heat. Add onion, peppers and garlic and cook until onion is translucent. Do not burn.
  • 2 Add diced tomatoes with liquid, stir in oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes and add olives and capers. Cook for 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. Remove bay leaves.
  • 3 In a separate skillet, heat the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Carefully place fish fillets in center of pan and cook for 5 minutes or until fillets begin to brown. Turn only once and fry for 5 minutes more.
  • 4 Add tomato mixture over fillets and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • 5 To serve, carefully place each fillet on a plate and pour tomato sauce on top. Garnish with cilantro springs, a squeeze of lemon and serve with white rice.

Refreshing seafood is always on top of our list when it comes to a celebratory meal. Father’s Day is no exception. Even though a smoky barbecue is the traditional way to celebrate dads, I feel that cooking a healthy seafood dish on this day is ten times better and more distinguished than the typical all-american cookout. My husband is an avid seafood fan and loves the explosion of fresh flavors in Veracruz-style fish. The preparation is extremely easy and quick. This version uses green bell peppers for a non-spicy version the entire family can enjoy. For a nice heat kick, add pickled jalapeño peppers sliced in strips. This year, celebrate dad with a plate-full of fresh white fish topped with this delicious sauce. I guarantee, this will become your traditional father’s day dish of choice for years to come.

Rate and Comment

Ericka Sanchez Ericka Sanchez
September 28, 2015

Refreshing seafood is always on top of our list when it comes to a celebratory meal. Father’s Day is no exception. Even though a smoky barbecue is the traditional way to celebrate dads, I feel that cooking a healthy seafood dish on this day is ten times better and more distinguished than the typical all-american cookout. My husband is an avid seafood fan and loves the explosion of fresh flavors in Veracruz-style fish. The preparation is extremely easy and quick. This version uses green bell peppers for a non-spicy version the entire family can enjoy. For a nice heat kick, add pickled jalapeño peppers sliced in strips. This year, celebrate dad with a plate-full of fresh white fish topped with this delicious sauce. I guarantee, this will become your traditional father’s day dish of choice for years to come.