Halibut Veracruz

Halibut Veracruz Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Moon


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


5 ripe tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon seeded and minced serrano chile
1/4 cup sliced Spanish olives
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
6 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons unsalted butter


Place tomatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Turn tomatoes; bake 20 more minutes or until skins are blistered and lightly browned. Pulse tomatoes and pan juices in a food processor until roughly chopped.

Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and serrano; sauté 15 seconds. Add olives, capers, and chopped tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in oregano.

Sprinkle halibut with salt and pepper. Melt butter with remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add halibut; cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with sauce.

Kathryn Jessup,

Adapted from Doña Tomás (Ten Speed, 2006),

Coastal Living

November 2008
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