Creole Red Snapper

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For years I’ve been trying to convince my children that fish is wonderful and delicious, but they’ve rejected every offering I’ve made that wasn’t heavily breaded and deep fried. That is, until I made this delectable Creole red snapper.

Creole Red Snapper

I never would have guessed that this would be the recipe to change their minds about fish, but even I was surprised how much I liked this tender, savory fish. My entire family loved it, which almost never happens (there is usually at least one dissenter).

1 large carrot
1 rib of celery
1 stick of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 lb red snapper fillets, bones removed
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan
Lemon slices

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Chop the carrot and celery into pieces roughly 1/2-inch wide by 3-inches long and place on the bottom of a large baking dish. (Note: the veggies add flavor to the fish and also prevent the fish from sticking to the baking dish.)

Add the butter, garlic, paprika, Worcestershire, salt, black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, green onions, and parsley to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Brush both sides of the red snapper with the butter sauce, and place the snapper in the baking dish on top of the carrot and celery pieces.

Stir the panko bread crumbs and parmesan into the remaining butter sauce, and then spoon the breadcrumb mixture on top of the snapper, spreading evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-20 minutes (depending on the size of the fillets), or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook. Serve with lemon slices, and enjoy!

* adapted from Menu Musings

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Grill-Roasted Red Snapper

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This delicious recipe produces fish that is light, tender, and full of flavor. It’s easy to prepare and lovely to look at too!

1 pound red snapper fillets
Black pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
2 small tomatoes, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 whole fire-roasted green chili, sliced (I used canned)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
3 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 bay leaf
Olive oil

Preheat your grill to about 450 degrees. While the grill is heating, place a pizza stone on top of the grill rack and then place a wire rack, or another grill rack on top of the pizza stone (the pizza stone should be sandwiched between two wire racks).

Line a metal baking pan (I used the bottom of a broiler pan) with aluminum foil. Place the snapper fillets in the baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Scatter the remaining ingredients, except for the olive oil, over the fish. Drizzle the olive oil on top.

Place the baking pan on the grill and grill-roast until the fish is fully cooked and flakes easily with a fork (the time will depend on the temperature of your grill and the thickness of the fish).

We served our fish with tabouli (I’ll post that recipe soon) and salad for a wonderful warm-weather dinner!

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