Veracruz-style white fish

When I think of Veracruz, Mexico, I immediately think of this right. Veracruz white fish is so easy to cook! Of course, this is a modified version with ingredients readily available in any market.

Fresh is the best!

Of course, using all fresh ingredients is always my first choice. But sometimes it may not be an option. In these uncertain times, I am no longer surprised when I do not find my fresh basic ingredients on the market. Plan B! There should always be a plan B. I always have stock of bastry, like roasted tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato sauce, beans and pickled peppers.

Veracruz-style white fish on the table in Clayware Pan

Finally, I learned how to cook for two!

After 34 years of marriage, I think I finally learned how to cook for two. This dish is specially made to serve two for dinner. But you can add another 2 small fillets and easily serve 4 with a large salad on the side.

Veracruz-style white fish on a plate of white rice

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Veracruz-style white fish

Easy to cook with traditional Veracruz flavors. White fish with a fresh tomato and jalapeƱo sauce.

Course: Main courses

Food: Mexican

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Servings: 2 servings


  • I pound flounder, cod or mahi mahi fillets 2-4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup onion cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large tomato cubes
  • 1-2 pickled jalapeƱos slices or cubes
  • 1/3 cup of salt water vinegar from jalapeƱos
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon caper
  • 1/4 cup olives with pimento
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cilantro
  • The avocado slice


  • Preheat 3 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil to medium heat for a few minutes in a frying pan.

  • Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Strain the fish for 6-7 minutes and turn halfway through the cooking time. Remove it from the pan on a plate.

  • In the same frying pan, add another rain oil. Add the onion and garlic. Season lightly with salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes.

  • Add tomatoes, jalapeƱos, brine, bay leaves, olives and capers. Season lightly with salt and pepper if needed, and continue to cook on a simmer for 6-7 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to break down.

  • Finally add the juice of 1 lime and mix in. Add the fish back in. Cover and continue cooking for a few minutes, or until the fish is warm.

  • Garnish with fresh coriander before serving. Serve with extra lime wedges. Yields 2-4 servings


You can use your favorite fish, shrimp, scallops or even thin sliced ā€‹ā€‹chicken breast for this recipe. The sauce is typically thick, but you can mix it into a smoother sauce.

Fish with sauce over the top with a side of white rice and lime wedge

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