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Veracruz Style Fish

Veracruz Style Fish
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 4

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. MORE + LESS -

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)

Directions

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

Expert Tips

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

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe
  • 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.

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