Veracruz-style fish

    1 hour

    Fish fillets are baked in a tomato sauce with onion, red peppers, capers and green olives to create this Mexican fish dish.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, diced
    • 1kg plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 250ml tomato puree
    • 1 fish stock cube
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 20 pitted green olives
    • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed
    • 60g butter
    • 8 thick white fish fillets
    • 6 pickled banana peppers, sliced or pickled jalapeño pepper slices

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook onion and garlic, until softened. Add tomatoes and pepper; let them simmer for a few minutes. Stir in tomato puree; simmer for another few minutes.
    2. Add stock cube, cinnamon, salt and pepper, bay leaves and oregano. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add olives and capers and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season to taste and remove from heat.
    3. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a large rectangular baking dish.
    4. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper; cook in hot butter in the pan until browned on both sides, just one or two minutes.
    5. Arrange fish fillets in prepared baking dish, in one layer; pour the sauce over the fillets. Distribute sliced peppers on top. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.

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    Made as written and these were good. Next time I'd skip the whole cooking the fish in butter and trying to flip them. They fall apart way too easy and the fish got overcooked in the end. I'll just melt the butter and pour it over the fish instead. Good recipe but you really have to like tart to like this. The combo of capers, green olives, and banana peppers brings out the pucker power for sure.  -  15 Nov 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)