Red Snapper

We bring fresh whole red snapper, already gutted. Sizes range from 1 1/2 lbs to 4 lbs.

For years there has been a quota on how much can be caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Red Snapper is available until the quota is caught but also depending on the weather

The moist, white flesh of the red snapper has a delicate sweet flavor. It can be served broiled, baked, steamed, poached, fried or grilled. Red snapper responds well to just about any cooking method. Try steaming it whole, Chinese style. Some cooks also like to bake whole snapper stuffed with fresh herbs and seasonings.

See instructions on cooking Red Snapper whole....either on the grill or in the oven.

Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus), found off the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, is one of the best known and desired deep-sea delicacies.The species is found from North Carolina to Florida's "snapper banks," off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana and down to the Campeche Bank off Mexico. Snappers are caught in waters 60 to 200 feet deep using large electrical and manually powered reels with multiple-hook rigs.

Adult red snappers are easily distinguished from other red-colored snappers; they are deeper bodied, not as streamlined and have a bright red iris. The back and upper sides vary from pink to red and the lower sides and belly are lighter in color.

Snappers prefer irregular hard bottom formations of rock and limestone covered with coral and sponges. They feed on a variety of bottom dwelling crustaceans and small fishes. The growth of this species is slow; however, it can weigh as much as 30 pounds and grow to 3 feet. They reach sexual maturity after age two and spawn between June and October.

FISH COOKING AND PREPARATION TIPS

Store fresh snapper in the refrigerator at 32-38°F and use within two days, or freeze in water in an air-tight bag or container and use within six months. Thaw in the refrigerator or under cold running water.

Always marinate seafood in the refrigerator.

A general rule for cooking fish is 10 minutes per inch of thickness at 400º to 450ºF, turning the fish halfway through the cooking time. This rule does not apply to frying or microwave cooking.

Fish less than ½-inch thick do not have to be turned.

If fish is cooked in a sauce or foil, add 5 additional minutes to the cooking time.

The cooking time for frozen fish should be doubled. We recommend that you thaw fish prior to cooking.

Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque and flakes easily at the thickest part.

 

Broiling

Place fish, one-inch thick or less, 2-4 inches from the source of heat. Thicker pieces should be placed 5-6 inches away from the heat.

Grilling

Preheat gas or electric grill. Charcoal grill: start the fire about 30 minutes before cooking. When coals are white-hot, spread out in a single layer. Adjust the grill height to 4 to 6 inches above the heat. Fish is best grilled over a moderately hot fire and on a grid that has been well oiled. Use indirect heat for a whole fish.

Frying

Pan-fry or Saute: Fry fillets in 1/8-inch of oil - or enough to come in contact with one side of fish - for 3 to 6 minutes per side or until golden and fish flakes easily. Thickness of fillets will determine the cooking time.

Deep fry: Place fish in single layer in deep kettle or saucepan and cook in enough fat to cover and permit it to move freely - do not crowd. The proper temperature in most instances is 365ºF. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. When cooking multiple batches always allow the temperature of the oil to return to 365ºF before adding fish.

We recommend

Our Fresh Red Snapper is sold whole but already gutted. We recommend that you cook it whole as it is much easier and keeps in the natural juices.

After Purchase

After Purchase: keep it in the coldest part of the refrigerator or wrapped in ice. Use within 2-3 days. If you don't use it within this time then freeze the snapper either whole wrapped in a couple layers of tin foil or if you fillet it, freeze in water in heavy duty freezer bags or plastic containers. You don't want air getting to the fish as this will dry it out and possibly freezer burn it. It can be frozen for about 3-4 months.

Preparing

Preparing: wash the gut cavity out thoroughly. You can put spices in there if you wish, such as garlic, pepper, onions, lemon, dill, ginger etc. Or you can use our delicious crabmeat. Put in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to let the spices soak in.

On the Grill

On the Grill: place whole fish directly on the grill over medium heat...scales and all. Grill 10-15 minutes on each side depending on the thickness. A general rule is 10 minutes per inch in thickness. After it is cooked, cut into the skin behind the head and peel the skin and scales back toward the tail, cutting as you go back.

In the Oven

In the Oven: wrap the fish in one layer of baking parchment and one layer of tin foil. Bake in oven at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. After it is cooked, cut into the skin behind the head and peel the skin and scales back toward the tail, cutting as you go back

Nutrition facts
 Nutrition Facts
 SERVING SIZE:
 100G/3.5 OZ. (raw)

 AMOUNT PER SERVING

 Calories  110
 Fat Calories  10
 Total Fat  1 g
 Saturated Fat  0.5 g
 Cholesterol  40 mg
 Sodium  50 mg
 Protein  20.2 g
 Omega-3  0.6 g
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