Perhaps one of the most celebrated Mexican fish dishes, this snapper recipe comes from the pretty seacoast town for which it was named. Use red snapper or rockfish.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion, and garlic, and cook until pepper is soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in the white pepper, cinnamon, lime juice, olives, and chiles; cook for 2 more minutes, to blend the flavors. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the snapper filets into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the tomato sauce over the filets, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Stir in the capers just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 24.2g 48% DV; carbohydrates 6.5g 2% DV; fat 10g 15% DV; cholesterol 41.4mg 14% DV; sodium 447.4mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2006
Excellent recipe. I used RoTel canned tomatoes with cilantro, lime and chilis. Also added some white wine, simmered to reduce liquid, poured over the fish and baked. Topped with Mexican cheese at the end of baking time. Delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/22/2008
I live in Mexico so I consider myself semi-knowledgeable when it comes to Mexican tastes. The recipe did not taste very authentic....I've been to Veracruz many times...and the ingredients were there but the taste was lacking. Also the cinnamon was wrong! Too much and wrong flavor. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2006
Excellent recipe. I used RoTel canned tomatoes with cilantro, lime and chilis. Also added some white wine, simmered to reduce liquid, poured over the fish and baked. Topped with Mexican cheese at the end of baking time. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/22/2008
I live in Mexico so I consider myself semi-knowledgeable when it comes to Mexican tastes. The recipe did not taste very authentic....I've been to Veracruz many times...and the ingredients were there but the taste was lacking. Also the cinnamon was wrong! Too much and wrong flavor. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
Was not impressed with this recipe. I'm not big on a lot of ingredients smothering my fish however I thought my family would enjoy it. They didn't care for it either. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2007
I will start this by saying that I love snapper veracruz and order it often out. Unfortunately I thought the flavor of this was average. It wasn't bad but I didn't rave either. I personally thought the teaspoon of cinnamon was over powering and the most prodominent thing I tasted in the sauce. If I made this again I would cut way back on the cinnamon. I may make this again with some changes as it was easy to make. Thanks Helena. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is an easy light and interesting dish - my husband loves it and even my one-year old enjoyed a little taste. The sauce is incredible I could almost eat that by itself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2003
Very colorful and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2011
I also topped it with cheese. Pepper Jack. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2011
Made it with what's on-hand: frozen cod pan fried instead of snapper baked. Oregano instead of cinnamon based on other reviewers' comments. Added some pickled jalapenos for extra spice. Nice easy dish with rice or roasted potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2012
I was extremely hesitant about putting in the cinnamon but I did it anyway. BAD IDEA! I'll make it again without the cinnamon and re-review. Please please please don't ruin your fish with this recipe. No cinnamon! Look at other Veracruz recipes first. This one is a good basic recipe minus the cinnamon. No cinnamon! Okay I think I've gotten my point across. If you use the cinnamon you can't say you weren't warned! Read More
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