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Grilled Red Snapper

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Grilled Red Snapper
This recipe calls for a whole red snapper. If you haven't grilled a whole fish yet, it isn't as difficult as it might sound. This is the traditional Mexican method for grilling snapper.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 whole red snapper, split and butterflied (about 2 pounds worth)
  • 1/2 cup achiote paste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice


Mix achiote paste (you should be able to find it in a Mexican or international market) with citrus juices. Cover all surface of the fish. Place in refrigerator and let sit for at least two hours. Light grill and get a medium flame. Oil grill and place fish skin side down. When fish is about half way done (about 5 minutes) turn and continue cooking another 3 minutes. The fish is done when the juices start boiling. You should be able to lift the central bone out easily when the fish is cooked. Top with heated salsa.

The traditional Mexican way to cook fish is to place it on a banana leaf. If you can find them, wash the leaf and place on grill while it's still wet. Then add the fish. This is an old trick to keep the fish from sticking to the grill and falling apart when you try to turn it.

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 4 out of 5
""My firtst Grilled Snapper"", Member ChesapeakeGem

I was visiting my BFF and cousin in NC, Her husband an avid fisherman brings home two whole Red Snapper, knowing the foodie that I am he said this is my number one fish, I was a little intimidated at first until I ran across this recipe. Wonderfully spicy and sweet light flavors as not to over power the wonderful taste of the Snapper. Well I've got a plane to catch back to my Chesapeake Bay life. Thank You!

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