Snapper with Charred Tomatillos and Pepper Salsa
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Snapper with Charred Tomatillos and Pepper Salsa


Chef Eric Ripert quick-bakes snapper with a little butter so it's silky and serves it with pan-seared tomatillos and a fresh salsa.


  1. 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  2. 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  3. 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  4. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  8. Sea salt
  9. Ground white pepper
  10. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
  11. Four 6-ounce, skin-on red snapper fillets
  12. 4 medium tomatillos—husked, rinsed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  13. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a bowl, mix the peppers, jalapeño, olive oil, onion, lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Butter a ceramic baking dish. Season the fish with salt and white pepper and arrange the fillets in the dish, skin side down. Scatter the 2 tablespoons of cubed butter around the fish and add 1/2 cup of water. Bake the fish for about 15 minutes, until just cooked.
  3. Heat a cast-iron skillet. In a bowl, toss the tomatillos with the canola oil and season with salt and white pepper. Arrange the tomatillos in the skillet and cook over high heat, turning once, until charred, 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the fish to plates, top with the tomatillos and salsa and serve.
Make Ahead
The pepper salsa can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Stir in the cilantro before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy German trocken wines (trocken means dry) are incredible with the silky fish from chef Eric Ripert.