Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4

Traditionally made with red snapper (huachinango), which is now endangered, this dish is delicious with plentiful rock cod--aka Pacific snapper--instead. Serve with rice (start it before the fish).

Wine Pairing: A lively Italian variety like Enotria 2012 Dolcetto (Mendocino County; $19). The wine's bright acidity and juicy red berry and plum fruit sync up with the tomatoes here, while the olives and capers pull out a touch of herbal brininess in the wine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, 1 tbsp. oregano, and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mince garlic, roughly chop half of olives, and thinly slice chile; set chile aside.

Step 2

To pan, add garlic, olives, capers, juices from tomato can, sugar, cinnamon, and wine. Simmer sauce, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until reduced slightly, 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, remaining 1 tbsp. oregano, and chile.

Step 3

Slip fish into sauce and spoon some sauce on top. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pan, and cook just until fish is opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes. Drizzle lime juice over fish and sauce.

Step 4

Serve fish over rice. Spoon on sauce, drizzle with remaining oil, sprinkle with parsley, and add a lime slice.

Ratings & Reviews


June 14, 2016
Hubby went deep sea fishing and I needed to cook up his catch. This recipe was terrific. I changed it up slightly. I was out of capers, so those were out. I used 3different kinds of peppers: bell, Fresno chili and habanero. I added some cumin, too. We loved it!

Son and husband loved it

January 06, 2016
Quick and simple to make. I used tilapia because I know they like the neutral flavor of tilapia.