Snapper love warm oceans, and you'll find this red-skinned fish on menus all over Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. "This is the roasted fish I crave most," says Andrew Zimmern, "the one that takes me back to that Mediterranean beach and that girl and those stars. I think it will do the same for you. By the way, kids adore this because red snapper isn't fishy." Indeed, snapper has a sweet, mild flesh that is similar to sea bass and halibut. Try dressing it up with a tropical fruit salsa or even using it as the base for a refreshing crudo. For more recipe ideas and cooking tips, check out F&W's guide to snapper.

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Kwame's Escovitch Snapper
Inspired by his travels in Jamaica, 2019 F&W Best New Chef Kwame Onwuachi shared this recipe for escovitch snapper. In Jamaica, escovitch fish — fish that's fried and then topped with pickled, thinly sliced vegetables — is everywhere. In Onwuachi's version, a garlicky marinade forms a crust as the fish cooks, adding flavor and keeping the snapper moist and tender, and a pickled tangle of thinly sliced chiles, carrot, and onion­—makes a punchy, crunchy topping for crispy fried whole snapper.
Snapper with Preserved Citrus Gremolata and Fregola
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.
Al Pastor Fish Tacos
I’m a purist when it comes to certain foods, and al pastor tacos (known as adobada tacos to us in Tijuana) is one of those foods. I lived off them—literally. A medical condition left my mother confined to her bed most of my teenage years, and my father’s culinary skills were nonexistent—he couldn’t even put a sandwich together.To this day I don’t know if he can’t cook or simply refused to because that’s not what (most) Mexican men do, in his view. He wasn’t gonna let me go hungry, though. Before he eventually poached Pedro, the cook from the country club, to come save us from starvation, we ate street tacos multiple times a week. My sister and brother were too busy being teens, so a lot of the memories I have of me and my dad hitting the taco stands are just the two of us. We’d find delectable tacos, based on recommendations from his friends or spotting a long line snaking down the boulevard. We never knew if the vendor would be there the next week or even the next day, so every day was a different and delicious adventure.Now that I’m grown up, I make more sensible food choices. Kidding—there’s nothing un-sensible about a GOOD al pastor pork taco. But in actuality, the original was made of lamb—a gift from the Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. It’s our pork take on shawarma instead of their traditional lamb. But I wanted to try it with yet a different protein, and guess what? It worked beautifully. You’d think the adobo would totally consume the flavor of the fish, but it doesn’t. It’s a lighter, beachier version of a Mexican classic—perfect with an ice-cold beer. Topped with the traditional raw white onions, cilantro, and avocado (or guacamole!), it’s heaven. I doubt my father would approve of my twist, but to be honest, between this or having to actually cook for himself, he’d probably end up eating it. And I bet he might even like it.
Salt-Baked Fish
Chef José Andrés bakes whole fish in a salt crust until it's perfectly moist and seasoned. His trick is to leave the scales on the fish, which makes the skin very easy to peel off after baking. 
Snapper Escovitch
Rating: Unrated 2
F&W Best New Chef 2017 Nina Compton, of Compère Lapin in New Orleans, makes the most delicious version of Jamaican escovitch, combining the classic crispy pan-fried fish with a sweet and spicy pepper sauce.
Roasted Whole Red Snapper
Rating: Unrated 601
For one whole cleaned and scaled 3-pound red snapper.

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Poached Red Snapper with Papaya and Mango Sauce Vierge
"Brazilians eat rich and heavy," Eric Ripert says. "I wanted something light and healthy." His idea was to poach a local fish and top it with a tropical version of what he calls sauce vierge, replacing the pickles, capers and tomatoes he would typically use with papaya, mango and ginger. More Healthy Fish Recipes