Salt Crusted Red Snapper Recipe


1 (4-pound) whole red snapper, cleaned

¼ – ½ cup chopped Italian parsley

1 orange, sliced

1 shallot, minced

1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning

1 teaspoon dry jerk seasoning

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons fennel seed

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

6 egg whites

1 cup kosher salt

Directions: When cooking with a whole fish you must first be sure that the fish is gutted (your local fish market will do this for you). The skin should be scaled and the gills and fins removed. Leave on the head and tail. Rinse the fish inside and out then pat dry. In a mixing bowl combine the parsley,  fennel, bay leaves, shallot, red pepper flakes, fennel seed, and 1/4-cup olive oil. Slice the fish to fit the mixture and orange slices. Stuff the cavity of the fish with 3/4 of the mixture inside then add the orange slices, then spread the remaining 1/4 on the bottom of a large cookie sheet so the fish will not stick (Note: Use non-stick foil). Transfer the fish to the cookie sheet and rub the skin with remaining olive oil. In another bowl, whip the egg whites to a stiff peak, then fold in the salt to make a paste. Smear the salt paste over the entire fish and roast in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 60 minutes. The egg whites form a hard crust that will crack like a shell. To serve, scoop the flesh from the fish with a spoon.

One thought on “Salt Crusted Red Snapper Recipe

  1. In effect, you’ve created a savory meringue shell. I have never seen anything like this before. Thanks for the detailed directions and excellent photographs.

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