Showing posts with label red snapper recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label red snapper recipes. Show all posts

Friday, February 18, 2022

Broiled Asian-inspired Red Snapper Fillets

The marinade for these broiled Asian-inspired Red Snapper Fillets includes soy sauce, Shaoxing, mirin, miso paste and sesame oil. It elevates any plain fish to fabulous!

Food Lust People Love: The marinade for these broiled Asian-inspired Red Snapper Fillets includes soy sauce, Shaoxing, mirin, miso paste and sesame oil. It elevates any plain fish to fabulous!

A few years ago, we were in California to pick up a vintage MG-D Tourer that had been restored for us by dedicated group of specialists. I had found it online quite by accident while searching for information about my husband’s grandparents. Turns out they were the owners listed on the original bill of sale back in 1932! Of course, we had to buy it. 

The gentleman who was selling it agreed to supervise its restoration in his workshop in Monterey, which is attached to a beautiful home he runs as a bed and breakfast. His only requirement was that we had to come to Monterey when the car was ready so he could teach us how to drive and care for it since there are a few tricks to keeping it running right and changing gears.

While we were there, we spent a few hours at the wonderful Monterey Aquarium, admiring the beautiful sea creatures and learning more about sustainability. I took that opportunity to download their Seafood Watch app which helped shoppers make better decisions about which seafood to buy. It was a great resource! Now you can use their website to the same effect.

When our host for today’s Fish Friday Foodies chose the theme of sustainable seafood, I knew what I wanted to make. Red snapper has been on a no-no list for a while, but thanks to a new program in the Gulf of Mexico, their numbers are rising and Red Snapper, at least those wild-caught in the Gulf, is now a good alternative to more overfished species. 

Red Snapper from H-E-B, wild caught in the Gulf of Mexico

Ingredients to serve 4
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Shaoxing
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon white miso paste
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 red snapper fillets, scaled, approx. weight 1.6 lbs or 726g  

To garnish:
chopped cilantro
chopped red chili pepper (I use the larger ones that aren’t too hot.)
black sesame seeds

Mix all of the ingredients up to the fish in a casserole dish large enough for the fillets to fit side by side. I used a little whisk. 

Making the marinade

Put the fillets skin side up in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but up to a three hours.

Marinating the fish, skin side up

About half and hour before you want to cook your fish, remove it from the refrigerator and turn the fish over in the marinade, skin side down. 

Turning the fish over, skin side down

Broil on high for about 9-11 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish, basting the fish about halfway through with the marinade.

Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes. 

Resting the cooked fish

I like to serve this with coconut rice to which I’ve added some thawed spinach. 

Garnish the red snapper with chopped cilantro, chopped red chili peppers and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. 

Food Lust People Love: The marinade for these broiled Asian-inspired Red Snapper Fillets includes soy sauce, Shaoxing, mirin, miso paste and sesame oil. It elevates any plain fish to fabulous!


It’s time for my fellow Fish Friday Foodies to share their sustainable seafood recipes! Many thanks to our host, Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies? We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month. To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517 (at) Visit our Facebook page and Pinterest page for more wonderful fish and seafood recipe ideas.

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Food Lust People Love: The marinade for these broiled Asian-inspired Red Snapper Fillets includes soy sauce, Shaoxing, mirin, miso paste and sesame oil. It elevates any plain fish to fabulous!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Grilled Red Snapper with Cilantro and Onion Stuffing or حمراء مشوية مع حشوة

Grilled red snapper is a deliciously easy dish, cooked over a charcoal fire. The snapper stays moist of you grill with the scales on - and flavor is added - when you fill it with cilantro and onion stuffing, a traditional recipe from my current home, the United Arab Emirates.

I grew up with a father that fished and hunted so I am not unfamiliar with guts and eyeballs on foodstuff. But honestly, the first time I remember seeing a whole fish on a plate was probably when I was 10 or 11 years old, visiting Daddy in Venezuela or Peru and my stepmother not only ordered a whole fish but she popped out the eyeball and ate it with relish saying it was a delicacy.  Needless to say, as a child, I was repulsed. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the rest of the fish though!

Then when we lived in Abu Dhabi back in late Eighties and I was the editor at a small publishing house, my boss was an Omani gentleman who taught me that the sweetest part of the fish was the cheek, which is found behind the eye in a little pocket.  I always go for that little piece first because he was so right. (Thanks, Saleh!) If you’ve never cooked a whole fish, I’d like to encourage you to try it.  There is no way a fish filet can be as tasty as a whole fish cooked on the bones.  If the eyes really offend you, get your fish guy to cut off the head, but leave the rest of the fish intact.

Our theme is grilling this week but I wanted especially to make something from the United Arab Emirates, since this is home right now.  This recipe comes to me from a fellow Texan who married an Emirati and moved to the UAE.  Her blog is filled with delicious local fare, with complete explanations and photos, and is a treasure trove of ideas for anyone interested in Emirati cooking.  MaryAnn is a sweetheart and I am grateful to her for her advice and expertise.  You can find her blog at Emiratican Kitchen. She hasn't updated in a while because she is a beautiful seamstress and that has become her focus. but the recipes are all still there. If you leave her a comment, please tell her Stacy sent you.

In Arabic, red snapper is hamra, grilled is meshwiya and stuffing is hashwa, so this is hashwa meshwiyah m’a hashwa or as MaryAnn put it more simply, grilled hamra with hashwa.  Whatever you call it, it is delicious!  For her recipe, I was supposed to use a large red snapper of one kilo or about 2.2 pounds, but sometimes those are hard to come by.  I substituted two smaller snappers so the cooking time was much shorter.  And since we were just two eating that night, I ended up freezing the second one. It made a beautiful dinner another night.

Grilled Red Snapper with Cilantro and Onion Stuffing

Grilling a whole fish with scales on keeps it from sticking to the hot grill.  Stuffing it with onions, cilantro and spices infuses the whole fish with lovely flavors and keeps it from drying out on the grill.

Hamra (Red Snapper) 2 lbs plus or 1 kg - or larger (Whole – do not scale or trim fins)

For the stuffing:
1 medium-sized onion
1 medium-sized green bell pepper
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 thumb-sized knob fresh ginger
1 bunch cilantro or fresh coriander
1/4 cup or 60ml extra virgin olive oil
1 heaped teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin powder

Gut the fish from the belly to leave a space for the stuffing.  (I let the fish guy at my local market do this job for me.)  Make sure to leave the scales on so the fish won’t stick to the grill.

Chop your onion and bell pepper finely.  Peel and mince your garlic and ginger.  Wash your cilantro thoroughly and trim off the end hard woody ends of the stems.  Chop the stems of the cilantro very finely and then chop the leaves roughly.

In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly mix the onion, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic and ginger with all of the spices and the olive oil.

Fill the cavity in the fish with the stuffing.

Using a large needle and some kitchen string (I used poultry string, normally used for trussing a chicken for roasting) sew sides of the fish belly back together.  (I could not find my large needles, so I used an ice pick to poke the holes.  Then I put the stuffing in and tied the knots.)

Tie knots as you go to make sure the sewing is secure.

Meanwhile, light your fire in the barbecue pit.  When the coals are light grey all around the edges, they are ready.

Place the fish on the grill and put the cover on the pit with a little opening to make sure there is enough air getting in so you don’t smother the coals.

Cook for about 10-12 minutes on each side, ideally turning only once so your fish doesn’t fall apart.   If you are fortunate to find a larger fish, MaryAnn says to cook it for 30 minutes on each side.

Put a knife in at the thickest part and look at the bones to make sure the fish is cooked all the way down.  When the fish meat is completely white and opaque, the fish is done.

To serve, peel the charred skin and scales off with a knife and lift the meat off the bones.

Lift the meat off the bones with a knife or spatula. 
Lift the bones off to get to the other side. 
Traditionally, MaryAnn says this is served with white rice and fresh greens.  I didn’t take a photo of it, but we topped the fish with a little of the stuffing and it was delicious.


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