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Video:How to Cook Red Snapper

with Coreen Shakes

Red snapper is a delicious fish when you cook it properly. To that end, here are some tips on how to buy and cook red snapper.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook Red Snapper

Hello! I am Coreen from Shakes Bakes and right now, we're going to talk about how to cook red snapper.

Buying and Cleaning Red Snapper

In selecting your snapper, here are a couple of tips to help. Press down on the flesh and make sure the indentation disappears. Check the gills for a bright red color. Smell it to ensure it has no strong fishy odor. To scale, move a sharp knife and scaler from the tail towards the head using short strokes, placing pressure on the fish. Continue this motion on the other side. Before filleting, wash to remove scale remnants. On one side, cut the backbone free using the knife, lift the flesh from the backbone, then slit the belly to the tail; flip fish and repeat on the other side.

Prepping and Storing Red Snapper

When you're ready to use your filet of snapper, simply take your filet in a strainer, rinse it with cold water; then, I am going to add a teaspoon of white vinegar right over the top. Then, I am just going to roll it in it. Then, I am just going to rinse it off a little bit more. Now, at this point, I am going to pat dry. Store by bagging your red snapper and placing that bag in a bag of crushed ice. Place in the refrigerator for up to three days, seven days for a fresh catch. Replace with fresh ice as it melts.

Red Snapper Ingredients

Here's a tasty way to use your snapper filet. Here, I have:
  • 1 filet of red snapper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 chopped scallion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Small non-stick skillet
  • Spatula

Cooking Red Snapper

First, we put our snapper off to the side and we add all our ingredients into our mixing boil. At this point, we're going to lay our snapper into our mixture. I am going to roll it. Right now, you want to take your skillet and put it on your stove top on medium heat. So you want to take your snapper filet, and sear it in your pan on one side for three minutes. At this point you want to flip the snapper like that. You want to cook it for three minutes on the other side. Gently flip our snapper filet, go ahead and pour in the marinade mixture that we made earlier. You're going to cook this for three minutes. You want to reduce your heat at this point to low. Now, time to turn off your flame and plate your snapper. This is how you cook red snapper.
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