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This easy Tilapia Veracruz is such a simple tilapia recipe, it’s one of those that you can just toss together, then come back and it’s done. No fuss, no muss.

And if you love this simple Mexican tilapia recipe, check out these 14+ Tilapia Recipes you’re definitely going to enjoy. This traditional Mexican dinner is just scratching the surface of awesome fish recipes–so you’re definitely going to need to check these out.

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But back to this easy Tilapia Veracruz and how fast it seriously comes together. I can’t wait to hear how it comes out for you, because I just loved it so much–definitely let me know by commenting.

How to Make Tilapia Veracruz:

So, this is silly, but I really want to spell it out for you, because I want you to know–this is no typo.

Add your ingredients together, except the fish, in a medium bowl and stir them together. Stir in tomatoes–everything, including your garlic powder, lime juice or lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper or even red pepper–whatever you’re going to include, although my recipe is pretty simple.

Then pop your fish fillets onto the bottom of a baking dish, pour the sauce over your fish and bake. Less than 15 minutes–heck, less than 5 and you can be ready to pop it in the oven.

Other recipes call for sautéing olive oil over medium high heat, add onion and all your other stuff then reduce heat and simmer for like 4 hours–but there’s no sense in that. There’s no need to do that with this recipe.

Just preheat your oven, toss together your ingredients and BAM! you’re done.

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Perfect for serving as-is, or you can make it into Tilapia Veracruz fish tacos or a casserole. Just 20 minutes and it’s ready to go!

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Tilapia Veracruz Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Make it a Meal:

This tilapia recipe would actually be super filling over a bed of instant pot brown rice! However, if you are not feeling the rice today, try the following recipes to help you round out this meal.

Vegetable Side: Two Cheese Squash Casserole

Starch Side: Parmesan Ranch Oven Steak Fries or (and?) Instant Pot Brown Rice

Refreshing Drink: Candy Apple Mocktail

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Best Mexican Recipes:

Once you make this Tilapia Veracruz Recipe, you’re going to realize just how fun it is to make traditional Mexican dishes at home–and how easy they really are. So, I pulled together these awesome ideas that I totally suggest you check out.

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More Tilapia Recipes:

Oh, you were here to load up on every yummy and easy tilapia recipe you can find? I don’t blame you. So i pulled together some of my favorite ways of cooking tilapia that I’m sure you’ll love.

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Tilapia Veracruz

Yield: 4 Servings of Easy Tilapia Veracruz
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This easy Tilapia Veracruz is one of the most simple, but rich and flavorful fish recipes I've ever had the pleasure of making--or tasting!


  • 1 15-Ounce Can Of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup of Chunky Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. Kalamata Olives, quartered
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbs. Capers
  • 1 Tbs. Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dry roasted and salted
  • 4 Frozen Tilapia Filets (do not thaw)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and prepare a glass baking dish by lightly spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the fish to a medium sized bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed into a sauce.
  3. Place the tilapia filets in the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Spread the sauce over the tilapia filets.
  5. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil from the baking dish and return the fish to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 604mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 48g

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