Inspired by the Middle Eastern flavors that chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis wield so deftly at Bavel in LA, we created this quick-preserved citrus gremolata using thin-skinned clementines and tangerines. It adds a fragrant, briny flavor this snapper, and is the perfect way to wake up your winter palate.

Kelsey Youngman
January 2020


Credit: Victor Protasio

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35 mins
45 mins


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  • Stir together tangerine rounds, 1/2 cup tangerine juice, and 1 tablespoon salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until salt is dissolved. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until citrus peels are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 minutes. Remove 5 tangerine rounds from juice, allowing excess juice to drip off; cut rounds into quarters. Set quarters aside.

  • Gently stir together parsley, 1/4 cup oil, shallot, crushed red pepper, tangerine quarters, 1 1/2 teaspoons cooked tangerine juice, and remaining 2 tablespoons fresh tangerine juice in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season snapper fillets evenly with remaining 1 teaspoon salt. When oil is very hot, add snapper fillets, skin sides down. Immediately press fillets gently with a spatula until skin stays flat in skillet. Sear until skin is browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip fillets; cook until bottom half of flesh is opaque, about 30 seconds. Transfer fillets to 4 plates; spoon gremolata over fillets, and serve with fregola sarda.

Make Ahead

Preserved tangerines may be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 6 months.


Use organic citrus whenever possible, and scrub any waxy residue off peels before preserving.

Suggested Pairing

Unoaked coastal Chardonnay.