Today I’m going to show you guys how to make pan-fried crispy red snapper. We’ve kept it super simple with only 5 main ingredients and a total cooking time of approximately 20 mins.
The recipe below only serves 1 person but if you wish to serve more, simply double the ingredients accordingly. Our version of the recipe has been inspired by Jamie Olivers ‘Thai style crispy sea bass’. Though I’ve chopped and changed a few things to how I want the recipe. On that note, let’s get into it.
What you’ll needFresh Whole Snapper – 1
Spring Onions – 2
Coriander – 1/2 bunch (15g)
Thai Red Curry Paste – 2 Tbsp Heaped
Lime – 1/2
Step 1 – Gut, clean, and trim the Snapper
Firstly, we’ll begin by gutting, cleaning and trimming the Snapper and using it as a whole. If you don’t know how to gut and clean, follow our step by step guide ‘here’.
Step 2 – Prepare spring onions and coriander
Chop up spring onions and pick off the coriander leaves and prepare them on the side for later use. Keep stems of the coriander as we’ll be using this to stuff the Snapper.
Step 3 – Score the Snapper
Once we have our spring onions and coriander prepared we’ll score our Snapper with a sharp knife approximately 2cm apart on both sides. This will ensure the Snapper cooks quickly and the Snapper soaks up all the flavor into the meat.
Step 4 – Rub Thai red curry paste onto the snapper
Next, we’ll use two heaped tablespoons of Thai red curry paste to cover the entire Snapper. Ensure to cover both sides as well as the inside of the body. Rub red curry paste until all nooks and crannies have been covered.
Step 5 – Fill and cover snapper with coriander and season with sea salt/black pepper
Using the picked of coriander on the side we’ll begin by covering the Snapper thoroughly on both sides. With the use of the coriander stems, we’ll stuff the inside of the Snapper. Before placing the Snapper onto the Pan season both sides with sea salt and black pepper.
Step 6 – Pan fry on medium heat until dark golden on both sides
Fire up the frying pan on medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the pan has been heated up we’ll place the snapper onto the pan and cover with our chopped up spring onions. Cook Snapper approximately 4-5 minutes on both sides or until golden dark brown.
Step 7 – Serve with a halve squeezed lime
Once the Snapper has been cooked we’ll serve with a freshly squeezed lime and it’s ready to be enjoyed.
Thai crispy Snapper influenced by Jamie Oliver
My Thai crispy red snapper was originally inspired by Jamie Olivers ‘Thai -Style crispy seas bass’ recipe from his 5 ingredients cookbook. I substituted the Sea Bass with my freshly caught Snapper and chopped and changed a few things to my liking.
However, Jamie Olivers ‘5 Ingredients‘ cookbook has been a life changer when it comes to simple and short meals prepared with minimal ingredients.
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