Veracruz Style Snapper in Aromatic Tomato Sauce

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Veracruz Style Snapper or Huachinango a la Veracruzana is a classic fish dish from Veracruz, Mexico. People call it the signature dish of the state of Veracruz. Veracruz is one of the most beautiful states in Mexico. Red snapper is cooked with a Mexican-inspired mixture of tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, olives, and oregano, for a light but flavorful meal.

Optavia Veracruz Style Snapper in Aromatic Tomato Sauce Recipe

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 30 minutesRest time:00 minutesTotal time: 45 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:390 kcal Best Season:Available


Veracruz Style Snapper is a delicious, easy, and fresh meal. Pescado a la Veracruzana, or Veracruz Style Fish, features an aromatic sauce of tomatoes, garlic, olives, and capers.



  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch, oven-proof skillet. Add the scallions, green olives, capers, red bell peppers, and jalapenos, and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil; simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Season the red snapper pieces with salt and put them into the skillet on top of the tomatoes.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil, and transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook for 12 minutes.
  6. Serve 2 pieces of fish with a quarter of the sauce.


  • If using red snapper fillets rather than a whole fish, the size of the fillets can vary significantly based on the size of the fish they came from. If the fillets are quite large, you can cut them into portions to make them easier to cook and serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%
Protein 49g98%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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