Veracruz Style Fish

How to make Veracruz Style Fish.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 4 tilapia fillets (5.5 oz each)
  • 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
  • Sprigs of cilantro for garnish (if desired)
  • 1 lemon, sliced (if desired)


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