Grilled Florida Red Snapper with Mango Salsa

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Grilled Florida Red Snapper with Mango Salsa

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Grilled Florida Snapper with Mango Salsa
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Total Time: 30 Min.
Yield: 4 Servings

One of the jewels of Florida’s waters

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the fresh, vibrant flavors of the sea, especially when you’re in Florida. One of the jewels of Florida’s waters is the Red Snapper, known for its firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor. Red Snapper is in peak season from December to June, so before the ‘season’ ends you should give this quick recipe a try. Paired with a refreshing mango salsa, this grilled fish dish is a perfect way to celebrate the season. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or simply enjoying a quiet dinner at home, this recipe will bring a taste of Florida sunshine to your table.

Ingredients

For the Grilled Red Snapper:

  • 4 Red Snapper fillets (6-8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

For the Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large ripe mango, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preparing the Mango Salsa:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro.
  2. Add the lime juice and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix well and let the salsa sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Preparing the Red Snapper:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, paprika, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Pat the Red Snapper fillets dry with paper towels. Brush both sides of the fillets with the olive oil mixture.
  4. Place the fillets on the grill, skin-side down if applicable. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. During the last minute of grilling, place the lemon slices on the grill just to heat them through and bring out their juices.

Serving the Dish:

  1. Transfer the grilled Red Snapper fillets to a serving platter.
  2. Spoon the mango salsa generously over the top of each fillet.
  3. Garnish with the grilled lemon slices and fresh cilantro.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy the taste of summer!

Chef’s Tips

  • Choosing the Fish: Freshness is key when selecting your Red Snapper. Look for bright, clear eyes, and firm, shiny skin. The fish should smell like the ocean, not fishy.
  • Mango Selection: For the best salsa, choose a ripe mango that gives slightly when gently pressed.
  • Grill Marks: To achieve those beautiful grill marks, resist the urge to move the fish around too much once it’s on the grill. Patience is key!

This Grilled Florida Red Snapper with Mango Salsa is a delightful way to showcase the flavors of summer. The combination of the smoky, charred fish with the bright, tangy salsa is a match made in culinary heaven. Whether you’re a Florida native or simply a fan of coastal cuisine, this recipe is sure to become a summer favorite. Enjoy the vibrant taste of Florida right at home, and savor the simple pleasures of fresh, local ingredients. Happy grilling!

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