Grilled Snapper with Four-Herb Gremolata

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For snapper fillets with perfectly crisp skin, chef Jennifer Carroll only seasons the flesh side before laying the fish on a very hot grill. Slideshow:  More Grilled Fish Recipes 

Grilled Snapper with Four-Herb Gremolata
For perfectly crisp skin, just season the flesh side before laying the fish on a very hot grill. Photo: John Kernick
Total Time:
1 hrs
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup each finely chopped chives, parsley, tarragon and chervil

  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 red bell pepper—stemmed, peeled, quartered and seeded

  • 1 yellow bell pepper—stemmed, peeled, quartered and seeded

  • 12 scallions, trimmed

  • Four 6-ounce red snapper fillets

  • 5 ounces baby lettuces (4 cups)

  • 1 Fresno chile, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the herbs with 1/3 cup of the olive oil, the lemon zest and lemon juice; season the gremolata with salt and pepper and mix well.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a large cast-iron grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the bell peppers and scallions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning, until golden and tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Halve the scallions crosswise and cut the peppers lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips.

  3. Brush the grill with oil. Rub only the flesh side of the fish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the snapper skin side down over moderately high heat until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to plates.

  4. In a large bowl, toss the lettuces and the grilled peppers and scallions with the chile and 1/4 cup of the gremolata. Spoon the salad over the fish and serve the remaining gremolata on the side.

Make Ahead

The gremolata can be refrigerated for 3 hours.

Suggested Pairing

Tangy Sauvignon Blanc.

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