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A Craving For Fish

When Certain Someone is away, as he is now,I tend to eat things that I don't when he's home.For a man who spent some major time in Sweden , he doesn't care for fish. He does like shellfish however.Anyway I haven't been eating as much fish as I would like while shacking up with him.That could explain the enormous weight gain. Today I craved fish. The weather was spectacular,and as I drove home,with the roof open, from a meeting in the suburb,I decided to get some fish from store I like. This supermarket caters to Mexican, Asian, and Arab communities . I love their meats, produce, and seafood.If I wasn't concerned about time and traffic on the highway, I would have stayed a long time. I picked a whole Red Snapper. I love Red Snapper and remembered the many ways I had it in Costa Rica a few summers back.
My Aussie friend Gabi had given me some Donna Hay cookbooks, and I decided to use them to find a way to cook up fish. Donna uses a lot of Asian influences in the The Instant Cook. I had purchased some Key Limes, Habeneros, and cilantro as well. So with that in mind I chose her Crispy Fried Fish with Soy and Ginger. She calls dredging the snapper in rice flour(which I had on hand) and frying it up. Then topped off with a soy and ginger sauce. I decided to forgo the fried route , took her ingredients, added leeks for scallions, a diced Habenero, and roasted the snapper.

Sorry for the bad picture, but Certain Someone took his camera which I use for the blog. He needs to photograph some future real estate he's trying to acquire in Sweden. I don't complain because I can't wait to spend my summer vacations there.So I make due with my old HP digital demom camera.
The sauce caramelized and leeks were crispy. It was good balanced with rice.However next time I will cook the sauce on the side and then add to roasted fish and leeks. But the flavor came through the fish well.
Coco's Red Snapper (influenced by Donna Hays Crispy Fried Fish with Soy and Ginger)
1/2 oz grated ginger
2/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 whole Red Snapper( gutted and scaled)
vegetable oil
1 whole leek cleaned and sliced
1 Habenero pepper diced
fresh cilantro sprigs
Put cleaned fish in a slightly oiled baking dish . Place sliced leeks over or inside the fish. Mix all the remaining ingredients together and pour over the fish. Bake on higher temp ( around 400 degrees ) for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the fish. Serve with rice and fresh cilantro sprigs.

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Mary said...

OH I miss Chicago and it's fresh markets! Your fish looks massively delicious!

Peter M said...

One habanero? Are you nuts? That's one spicy fish, Glam! lol

Great ingredients and I'd would have seafood or meat nowadays.

Dharm said...

That is one lovely looking dish... hey, add soem coconut to it and you have an entry for the Royal Joust!!! :)

Ben said...

I need to incorporate more fish in my diet. Starting this week I will do that, and this will be one of the first recipes I will try.

Hmmm habaneros!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks like a great recipe! I, too, have been craving fish, fish, fish... I'm having sardines for lunch (water based) in salad.

amy said...

Hi! I totally love your blog... just linked to it from Gild. This recipe is a great one for me to add to my list of 'great whole fish recipes'. It's so interesting b/c I never ate a whole fish until I started going to a local Haitian restaurant in my hood about 5 years ago and now I'm hooked. There is nothing like it. The Haitian restaurant told us the eyes are some of the tastiest parts. When we ate the eyes, I can most certainly say they are not the tastiest part... but they're not horrid either! Thanks for the recipe.

Amy @

Half Baked said...

great looking recipe! I love red snapper, I'll have to give this one a try!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Oooh, a habanero girl! right up my alley!!, love that hot stuff!!

Pixie said...

I love this recipe for cooking red snapper (starred), thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

I don't think I've ever had red snapper, but this meal sounds delicious!!

Gabi said...

Sounds delish that fish!
I will definitely try it.
x x x

Heather said...

This looks like a perfect way to eat fish, Courtney. I agree with Dharm - a good entry for the Joust with a bit of coconut. ;)