Grilled Red Snapper

Grilled red snapper is a delightful treat that transports your taste buds straight to the seashore. This delicious and nutritious fish has a delicate flavor and texture, making it a favorite amongst seafood lovers. By grilling it, we enhance the fish's natural sweetness, balance it with a hint of smokiness, and create an exciting contrast of textures between the crisp exterior and the tender, juicy flesh inside.

Whether it's a backyard barbecue or a weekday family dinner, this versatile dish is sure to be a hit!

Why This Recipe Works

First, our grilled red snapper recipe is simplicity personified, allowing the snapper's natural flavors to shine through. The basic, yet aromatic marinade includes ingredients like lemon, garlic, and herbs that don't overpower the fish but rather complement its mild, slightly sweet flavor. The result is an appealing balance between the acidity of the lemon, the punch of the garlic, and the snapper's natural sweetness.

Secondly, grilling is a wonderful cooking method for red snapper. It not only imparts a smoky flavor that makes the dish more exciting, but also helps preserve the nutritional content of the fish. Grilling is a healthy cooking method, as it requires little added fat, allowing you to savor the protein-rich, omega-3 packed goodness of the snapper guilt-free. Plus, there's something about food cooked over open flames that brings people together, making this recipe perfect for family gatherings or social events. This grilled red snapper recipe is easy to prepare, bursting with flavor, and packed with health benefits. It's a fantastic way to enjoy this amazing fish.

Ingredients

Red Snapper- red snappersare known for their firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor. If you can't find red snapper, feel free to substitute with sea bass or grouper.

Lemon-They'll help in marinating the fish and also serve as a garnish. Lime could be a suitable substitute if lemons are not available.

Garlic- garlic adds a beautiful aroma and flavor to the dish. In case fresh garlic is unavailable, you can use about ½ teaspoon of garlic powder instead.

Olive Oil - This will be used to brush the fish before grilling. Around ¼ cup should suffice. Canola or vegetable oil could be used as alternatives.

Fresh Herbs- fresh parsley and/or cilantro will be used for flavoring. If fresh herbs are not available, use a smaller amount of dried herbs since they have a more concentrated flavor.

Tips

  • Make sure to clean and scale the fish thoroughly before starting with the recipe.
  • Don't forget to oil the grill grates before placing the fish. This prevents the fish from sticking.
  • While grilling, it's essential to maintain medium heat to avoid overcooking the fish.
  • Be careful when flipping the fish. Using a spatula and tongs together can prevent the fish from breaking apart.
  • Fresh herbs and spices make a significant difference in flavor, so try to use fresh ingredients whenever possible.

How to Serve

Grilled Red Snapper can be enjoyed as a Dinner in a meal and fits well into both formal and casual dining settings. Its flavors lend themselves to a variety of side dishes and drink pairings.

  • For a light summer meal, serve the grilled snapper with a fresh salad like a Greek salad or a tangy coleslaw.
  • If you're looking for something hearty, try pairing it with a side of roasted potatoes or sautéed vegetables.
  • For drinks, a chilled glass of white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc complements the flavors of the grilled snapper perfectly. Alternatively, a light, crisp beer could also be a great match.

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Grilled Red Snapper

Enjoy this simple yet flavorful Grilled Red Snapper recipe. It's marinated with fresh herbs, lemon, and garlic, then grilled to perfection.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: olive oil, red snapper
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 2 whole red snappers about 1-1.5 pounds each
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh parsley and/or cilantro

Instructions

  • Clean and scale the red snappers. Make a few diagonal cuts along each side of the fish.
  • Mince the garlic and mix with the juice of one lemon, olive oil, and chopped herbs.
  • Marinate the fish with this mixture for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat and oil the grates.
  • Place the marinated fish on the grill. Cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily.
  • Serve with additional lemon slices and fresh herbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 553kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 3g Fat: 55g Saturated Fat: 8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 39g Sodium: 7mg Potassium: 335mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 5g Vitamin A: 48IU Vitamin C: 117mg Calcium: 73mg Iron: 2mg

Notes

  • Make sure to clean and scale the fish thoroughly before starting with the recipe.
  • Don't forget to oil the grill grates before placing the fish. This prevents the fish from sticking.
  • While grilling, it's essential to maintain medium heat to avoid overcooking the fish.
  • Be careful when flipping the fish. Using a spatula and tongs together can prevent the fish from breaking apart.
  • Fresh herbs and spices make a significant difference in flavor, so try to use fresh ingredients whenever possible.
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