|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 54mg||268%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Veracruz is one of the first places the Spanish settled in Mexico, and that is evident in the Mediterranean-influenced traditional dishes like this pescado a la Veracruzana. Veracruz boasts a long coastline and so seafood is very popular in this port city on the Gulf of Mexico. This white fish in a Veracruz sauce combines a fresh fish fillet with a sauce made of onion, tomatoes, garlic, chiles, olives, and capers, making for a healthy dish full of flavor.
The sauce is made by sautéing onion and garlic and then adding chopped tomatoes, roasted chiles, green olives, and capers. The fish is cooked separately and then topped with the sauce. Any type of white fish fillet will work well in this recipe, like tilapia, red snapper, cod, halibut, or flounder; just be sure to adjust the cooking time for thicker fillets.
Although pescado a la Veracruzana is from a warm-weather locale, you can enjoy this dish any time of year. Serve along with roasted potatoes or rice pilaf and steamed green beans or an arugula salad.
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 large tomatoes, chopped
2 green chiles, roasted and chopped
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
12 large green olives, halved
2 tablespoons green capers
4 fillets fresh white fish (e.g., tilapia, red snapper, flounder)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into a large saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent, about 2 minutes.
Lower the heat to medium and add the chopped garlic; sauté for a minute or two until fragrant.
Add the chopped tomatoes and roasted and chopped green chiles and continue to stir and cook.
Reduce the heat again to medium-low and add the remaining ingredients, except for the fish. Simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.
While the sauce is cooking, heat another pan over medium heat and drizzle the bottom with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
Place the fish in the pan and lightly season each piece with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes on each side, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through. (The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of each cut of fish.)
To serve, place a piece of fish on each plate and top with 1/4 of the sauce; or you can place all of the fish on a platter and spoon all of the sauce on top.