Veracruzana is a dish full of onions, jalapeños and tomatoes from the Mexican state of Veracruz. Here we pair the zesty sauce with shrimp, but it can be served with any type of fish or chicken. The heat of fresh jalapeños varies depending on growing conditions. Be sure to taste yours as you're adding them to the dish and adjust the amount according to your taste. For pepper flavor without the heat, use a thinly sliced green bell pepper in place of the jalapeños. Serve with: Rice or potatoes and an avocado salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bay leaf and cook for 1 minute. Add onion, jalapenos and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp, cover and cook until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and olives. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, replace cover and cook until the tomatoes are almost broken down, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove the bay leaf. Serve with lime wedges.

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Tips

Shopping Tip: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to be sure you're getting the size you want, order by the count (or number) per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; 4.5 g total fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 183 mg cholesterol; 292 mg sodium. 600 mg potassium; 9.2 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 24.2 g protein; 850 IU vitamin a iu; 27 mg vitamin c; 22 mcg folate; 96 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 55 mg magnesium;

Reviews (24)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
04/01/2015
Bland I prepared this exactly as directed. Added some salt at the end. Very bland and too many onions. Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2015
Super tasty This was a great recipe. I cut it in half and followed it exactly. I was concerned that the meal would be bland but the jalapeno and lime juice gave it the perfect amount of seasoning! I served this with rice and avocado sprinkled in lime juice and salt. Pros: Easy to make. Cons: Jalapenos: be careful and wash your hands thoroughly afterward! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2014
Nearly the best Shrimp Creole I have ever eaten regardless of the name. I made this dish last night and it was wonderful. I had noticed a lack of seasoning in the recipe so I took it upon myself to add a couple of pinches of sea salt and an pinch of fresh cracked pepper to the veggies after the tomatoes went in. I also changed up the cooking order just a bit. I live on the coast of NC so very fresh shrimp are readily available and don't like to be over cooked. I used EV Coconut oil and fried the bay leaf then removed it and added the pepper and onion til just crisp tender. Added the fresh tomatoes and when all was simmering added the shrimp (31-35 count) until just cooked thru. Served it with brown rice and it was a satisfying meal for all. Pros: Quick and easy to make and very healthy Cons: Without a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper it's pretty bland. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/21/2013
bland Pretty quick to make - but as I was preparing this I thought that maybe I was missing an ingredient or the like since there was no seasoning. Took a chance on it anyway and it turned out super bland even with added lime juice. Also really watery when finished. Pros: lots of veggies Cons: no flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2013
Delicious and quick! This was a great and tasty dish. It had just enough spice and went well served over brown rice. I will be making it again. Pros: Spicy filling lots of vegetables healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2013
Quick and simple I really liked this recipe. We added cilantro and lime juice while cooking. I think next time we will have it over rice to soak up all the wonderful juices Pros: Healthy and quick! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2013
Fresh and flavorful This dish was super easy to make and very tasty! With or without the olives you will love it. Keep the seeds or some of them to increase the heat. Serve with low-sodium black beans and I promise you will be full from this meal. Pros: Fresh quick fun and healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2012
Delicious! I had never tried this dish before so I had no idea what to expect or any way of knowing if what I had produced was anywhere near what it was supposed to be. Regardless it tasted really well. Really great balance between the flavours. I think the olives especially added something. We had it with rice tortillas and these spiced little corn snacks to add some crunch. I was a bit apprehensive about the shrimp since I only the frozen variety. But it turned out well. Gave it a couple of minutes more than the recipe designates and sort of improvised from there. Very delicious dish. I'll definitely do it again. Pros: Quite easy to cook very tasty Cons: Shrimps a bit risky to cook Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2012
Delicicous! This is so delicious and easy! When I can't think of anything to make for diner I make this because it's so good and easy! I always make spanish rice with it. The only problem is that sometimes it gets too spicy with the jalepanos so be cautious when using them. Pros: easy tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2012
Delicious and looks gourmet on your plate! I used black olives instead of green skipped the lime seasoned with Penzey's fajita seasoning served with brown rice and black beans. Delicious!!! Am making it a Friday staple! Pros: Fast easy healthy! Cons: Two jalapenos was WAY too hot & I eat habanero sauce on popcorn! WIll use milder peppers next Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2012
I used black olives instead of green served with brown rice and black beans. Delicious! Pros: Fast delicious healthy Cons: Two jalapenos was WAY too hot and I eat habanero sauce on popcorn! WIll make again with a milder pe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
Shrimp Veracruzana This dish is amazing. Low in calories High in flavor. Anyone who is watching their intake and hates to miss out on the good stuff should try this dish. Its easy to make and I am even looking forwarding to adding more fresh veggies to this dish. Pros: Easy to make 192 cal Delicious Fresh Cons: Nothing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
Love this dish! This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it each year for Cinco de Mayo. I think the recipe is perfect as is but I do add corn and some Corona. I serve it on top of rice pilaf. So good!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2012
Fantastic Dish This dish was quite good. Reminded me of fajitas. I used this dish to make shrimp tacos. The only modification I made was that I left out the olives. I will definitely make this dish again. Pros: light Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this for dinner and i loved it my husband even loved it this will now be one of our regular dishes!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Super easy quick and delicious dinner. We made it with the whole-wheat pilaf which was also great and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Great tasty recipe that includes ingredients that most people already have!! Gotta love that kind!! Makes it easy to make on night that you don't have a clue what to make! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It was good and easy to make. That's always a plus. However when they say to serve with rice or potatoes they MEAN serve it with rice or potatoes because the tomatoes make the dish runny brothy. I also found the flavor to be just a little bland. I kicked it up with some crushed red pepper and a bit of Creole seasonings - awesome! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i made it just now--super easy and tasted really good. As far as the blandness comment I disagree the lime actually added a nice little flavor to it. The only thing that took awhile as peeling the shrimp.:) Also I didn't make it with rice or potatoes. I made it w/ steamed baby broccoli to cut down on carbs. I also left out the olives and used capers instead because I don't like olives. ENJOY! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this once and the tomatoes were a bit too watery so the second time I cooked the sauce down and only added the shrimp at the very end. Delicious! The first time I used it as a starter and the second time as a main course - will use this recipe again and again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this but didn't use the Olives or the Lime because I didn't want to and we didn't have any limes. I served with fresh-home-made corn tortillas and low fat sour cream. It was amazingly good and my husband loved it as well... Very spicy and yummy Thanks so much we'll be having this again... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Quick and satisifying We adore this recipe. It's quick easy and really hits the spot. It's made it into a 2 week rotation on our house. Instead of fresh tomato I've use a drained can of diced tomato which works out really well. I served it over Whole Grain Rice Pilaf from this site and it was great! Pros: easy and quick Cons: needs a starch Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Dish This is a great dish. Next time I make it I will be ahead of the game by slicing dicing chopping veggies & having them ready. A few changes: no bay leaf used 2 thinly sliced med. onions sliced black olives grape tomatoes (quartered) & I also cut my shrimp to make smaller. When I added the tomatoes I also added cilantro. This is a delicious dinner served with brown rice & sliced avocado. I will definitely be making this again. Pros: Colorful great looking & tasting dish Cons: Slicing dicing chopping Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Bland... I found this to be really bland. Although it is a quick recipe to cook the prep work takes enough extra time (in addition to chopping the vegetables I also had to peel the shrimp because I could not find any that was already peeled) for it to not be worth my while to make it again. Even my husband who normally loves anything with shrimp said it was only "ok." Read More