Tilapia Vera Cruz Recipe

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Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 30 minutes


3 tablespoons macadamia nut oil, divided

4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 small onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 Anaheim chili, stemmed, seeded and cut into thin strips

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 cup pitted and halved green olives

1/4 cup capers, drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Season the fish fillets on both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Saute the fillets until they are opaque and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a glass baking dish where they fit snugly.
  4. In the same saute pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, Anaheim chili, bay leaf and oregano and bring the pan to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and let the sauce simmer until the chilis soften, about 6 minutes.
  6. Uncover the pan, add the olives and capers, and cook until the flavors combine, about 4 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Pour the sauce over the fish in the baking dish. Bake until the fish is heated through, about 5 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, discard the bay leaf and serve.

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