A Fresno chile gives the devilish sauce its heat.

Recipe by Cooking Light July 2016


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 30 mins
1 hr 10 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet, about 3/4 cup sauce, and 1/2 cup vegetables)


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  • Add half of tomatoes to a large saucepan filled with boiling water; cook 20 seconds. Plunge into a large bowl of ice water. Repeat procedure with remaining tomatoes. Drain. Remove tomato skins; discard. Halve tomatoes; scoop out seeds with a slotted spoon, and discard. Coarsely chop tomatoes.

  • Heat 6 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 1/2 minutes. Add wine; cook 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and crushed red pepper; simmer 1 hour or until reduced to 7 1/2 cups. Reserve 5 cups sauce for Open-Faced Meatball Subs and Creole Shrimp and Okra.

  • Cut 3 slits into the skin side of each fillet. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle fillets with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add fillets, skin side down, to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn and cook 1 minute. Remove from pan. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons oregano, and chile to pan. Add fillets, skin side up, to pan. Cover; cook 3 minutes.

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil a skillet over high heat. Add squashes and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes. Stir in remaining salt, remaining black pepper, remaining oregano, olives, and capers. Serve with fillets and sauce.

Nutrition Facts

404 calories; fat 18g; saturated fat 2.7g; mono fat 11.3g; poly fat 2.9g; protein 40g; carbohydrates 22g; fiber 6g; cholesterol 63mg; iron 2mg; sodium 600mg; calcium 146mg; sugars 12g.