Classic Red Snapper Veracruz


Experience the coastal flavors of Mexico with our Classic Red Snapper Veracruz. This dish features fresh red snapper fillets simmered in a savory Veracruz sauce, made with tomatoes, olives, capers, and a hint of jalapeño. The blend of Mediterranean and Mexican ingredients creates a symphony of flavors, making this dish a perfect showcase of the cultural fusion that characterizes Veracruz cuisine. Ideal for seafood lovers and those who appreciate a rich, flavorful meal.

Classic Red Snapper Veracruz

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 fillet

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 500mg


  • 4 red snapper fillets (approx. 800 grams or 28 ounces)
  • 400 grams (14 ounces) canned diced tomatoes
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) green olives, sliced
  • 50 grams (1.76 ounces) capers
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 grams (0.18 ounces) oregano
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes, olives, capers, jalapeño, and oregano to the skillet. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Season snapper fillets with salt and pepper, then place them in the skillet with the sauce.
  4. Cook covered for 20 minutes or until fish is flaky and cooked through.
  5. Serve the fish hot, topped with the Veracruz sauce.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use fresh, high-quality red snapper for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of jalapeño to suit your heat preference.
  • For a richer sauce, add a splash of white wine to the skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of fish?

Yes, you can use other firm, white fish like tilapia or halibut.

What sides go well with this dish?

Rice, steamed vegetables, or a light salad complement this dish perfectly.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.