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By: Enrique Gili on July 24, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Tilapia Veracruz-style

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Tilapia Veracruz-style

Tilapia is light on calories and packed with savory flavor when baked in a piquant sauce.

Prep time: 40 minutes 

Total time: 1 hour 

Yield: Feeds 2

Tilapia Veracruz-style


  • 2 tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 2 5 oz. tilapia fillets
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup canned tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup green olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbs. capers (optional)
  • 1 radish, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, stemmed and chopped
  • 4 lime wedges
  1. Rinse and pat dry fillets. Sprinkle fillets with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat 1tbs. oil to large skillet over medium-high, about 1 minute. Add fillets and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until out flesh becomes opaque. Cover and set aside.
  2. In a second skillet, heat remaining oil for 1 minute. Sauté garlic and onions, until onions become translucent, about 5 or 6 minutes. Add oregano and bay leaf and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Then add tomatoes and bring sauce to boil. Add olives, jalapeno, raisins and capers, reduce heat and cover to allow flavors to fuse.
  3. Meanwhile, set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove bay leaf and pour sauce over fish. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until juices are reduced. Plate fish garnished with radishes and cilantro. Serve over a bed of rice with lime wedges.