Red Snapper with Zucchini and Black Olive Tapenade

Chef Way Terrance Brennan of New York City's Picholine prepares red snapper with his signature combination of homemade tapenade and oven-dried tomatoes. Easy Way Save time with good-quality store-bought tapenade and sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil.

Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons small capers

  • 6 sun-dried tomato halves in oil, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound small zucchini, sliced on the diagonal 1/2 inch thick

  • Six 7-ounce center-cut red snapper fillets

  • 1/4 cup black olive tapenade

  • 1 teaspoon cognac


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with 5 tablespoons of the olive oil. Stir in the capers, sun-dried tomatoes and basil and season the dressing with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the zucchini and cook over high heat, turning once, until golden and just tender, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon, add the zucchini to the dressing in the large bowl, leaving the oil in the skillet.

  3. Heat the skillet until the oil is shimmering. Season the fish with salt and pepper and add it to the skillet, skin side down. Cook the fish over high heat, turning once, until golden outside and white throughout, about 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to plates and spoon the zucchini alongside. In a small bowl, mix the black olive tapenade with the cognac and spoon over the fish. Serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp rosé.

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