Steamed Whole Red Snapper

For one whole cleaned and scaled 3-pound red snapper. More Healthy Fish Recipes

Steamed Whole Red Snapper
Photo: © Yunhee Kim
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


Asian Ingredients

  • One whole 3-pound red snapper, cleaned and scaled

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing

Mediterranean Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing

Caribbean Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing


Cook the fish:

  1. Pick your favorite flavor combination (Asian, Mediterranean or Caribbean, at left).

  2. Choose one of the flavor combinations and chop all of the ingredients except the oil together with a large pinch of salt. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil. Make 5 parallel 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper, slicing almost through to the bone. Lightly season the fish with salt and fill the slashes with the paste. Rub the fish all over with canola oil.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425°. Set the fish on a sheet of heavy-duty foil and set another sheet on top; fold up 3 of the sides. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the packet and seal completely. Transfer the fish to a rimmed baking sheet and steam in the oven for 30 minutes, until the flesh just flakes. Lift the fillets off the bones and serve.

Suggested Pairing

A bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.

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