Red Snapper is one of the most popular of all white fish, hence its generic term. Red Snapper can be found all over the world with most fish being harvested in the Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia. Red Snapper is a favorite in many restaurants and so they buy up a lot of what’s available. If you can not find or can’t afford Red Snapper you can try a different kind of snapper. Caribbean Red Snapper is about the closest to the traditional Red Snapper you will find. Red Snapper can be seasoned with many flavors. Lemon, butter, fresh herbs are all great. Also consider trying some hot chili peppers. If you want something mild, you can try some fresh Anaheim chilies or go all the way with a chopped up habanero. Tropical fruits also make a great accompaniment to this fish. Remember Red Snapper comes from warm climates where people like flavorful foods. Red Snapper is a particular favorite in Mexico. I’ve decided to introduce a New Orleans flavor for this Red Snapper recipe. The hot weather frequently puts me in the mood for something spicy and nothing says it to me like Cajun seasoning. Cajun seasoning is often used in New Orleans cuisine. You can find Cajun seasoning at the spice section in your local store. Cajun seasoning can actually be made at the comfort of your own home. Like most homemade ingredients, making your very own Cajun seasoning is cost-effective as it requires spices that you already have sitting in your pantry. You can use lemon, oil, fresh herbs are all great. Also consider trying some hot chili peppers. If you want something mild try some fresh Anaheim chilies or go all the way with a chopped up habanero. Also good are tropical fruits. Remember Red Snapper comes from warm climates where people like flavorful foods. Red Snapper is a particular favorite in Mexico. You can play with it and adjust spiciness to your liking. I borrowed this recipe from one of the cookbooks I own. Rather than using salmon, I used Red Snapper and it paid off. Rather than oven baking the Red Snapper as I normally do with other fish, I sauteed it using a bit of olive oil in a skillet. You can grill this fish as well. This Cajun seasoned Red Snapper can be served with Creole sauce on a bed of rice, or buckwheat along with some some fresh salad or with some grilled corn in the cob.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 4 Red Snapper fillets
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper or paprika
- 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon finely ground white pepper
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix the blackened seasoning ingredients well and funnel into a shaker. Allow Red Snapper to marinate in lemon juice for at least 20 minutes. Shake off excess liquid. Coat each side of the fish with Cajun seasoning. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place, skin side down, in hot skillet; drizzle a little more olive oil or nut oil over each fillet. Cook for about 4 minutes, until blackened; turn fillets carefully and drizzle with another small amount of oil. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Yields 4 servings