Happy Cinco de Mayo! Red Snapper Veracruz is a traditional dish from Mexico. This spicy fish recipe is made with red snapper, onions, tomatoes, spicy chillies and fresh herbs and it is one of our favorite red snapper dishes. This flavorful traditional dish is a nice change from tacos and enchiladas.
Red snapper Veracruz is named after the city of Veracruz which is a port city located on the Gulf of Mexico. Red Snapper Veracruz is their signature dish where it is know as Huachinango a la Veracruzana. This mild-flavored fish is indigenous to the Gulf and it is incorporated into much of their cooking.
This classic dish is easy to prepare and so full of flavor! Typically this fragrant, spicy dish is prepared with whole fish but we are using fresh snapper fillets in this recipe.
There is a little Spanish flair here with the addition of sliced green olives and capers that really add to the layers of flavors. A bit of heat comes from the slivered jalepeno peppers but it is not overly spicy, just enough to enhance these wonderful flavors.
A sauce is created with chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh oregano, cilantro and lime juice. Half of the sauce is added to a baking dish creating a cozy bed for the fillets as they are placed on, then they are smothered with the remaining sauce and baked in the oven for 20-minutes.
Red Snapper Veracruz is an easy dinner entrée which makes it perfect for a week-night dinner. Actually, it is perfect for any time and we all know that we need to include more fish in our daily lives. Red snapper is low in calories, fat and full of protein, plus it is easy on the budget. We are confident that you will enjoy this flavorful and delicious recipe. 🙂
This recipe has been adapted from the Saveur Magazine of May 2007
Red Snapper Veracruz
Yield 4 servings
A low-fat, low-calorie main entree originating from Veracruz, Mexico. Red snapper Veracruz is a firm white fish baked with tomatoes, onions, green olives, capers and fresh herbs.
- 1 1/2-lb. red snapper filets (2 filets)
- 2 limes, divided
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 white onions, peeled and chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
- 2 tablespoons of caper liquid
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- ⅓ cup large green olives, pitted and chopped
- 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and sliced into slivers
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- Preheat oven to 425° F
- Sprinkle filets with salt and place in a shallow pan. Squeeze juice from one lime over filets. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in onions and cook and stir until onions begin to turn translucent, 6 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add capers and caper liquid, stir to combine.
- Stir in tomatoes, olives and jalapeño peppers. Cook and stir until jalapeño pepper softens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in oregano and cilantro.
- Oil or spray an oven-proof casserole dish, add 1/2 of the tomato-olive mixture, place the fillets on the mixture, squeeze the juice from ½ of a lime over the fish and add the remaining tomato-olive mixture. Squeeze additional lime juice over the top.
- Transfer to the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake until fish is flaky and no longer translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve with fluffy white rice and lime wedges.
This recipe is not limited to just red snapper....any white fish will work well.
Serving Size 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Cholesterol 42 mg
Sodium 266 mg
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 24.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.