There are many fish commonly unknown to the general public and snapper is one of them. At GreenSuites Coffee Restaurant we encourage you to open your mind, and your palate, to one of the great unknowns of the sea and enjoy its exquisite flavour. We will also include some recipe inspiration for you to try preparing snapper at home, so make sure to read until the end to get our recommendations. What are you waiting for? Surprise your friends and family and enjoy an original dinner tonight!
Snapper: The Great Unknown of the Sea
Snappers are a family of perciform fish which also include the sea bream, the gilthead, the dentex, the bream or the urta. Snapper is a blue or oily fish mainly found in salt water, although some feed in fresh water. Morphologically it is very similar to the sea bream although its colour is more pink and it does not have a black spot.
This fish, mostly unknown to the general public, lives in the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea, on sandy and rocky bottoms, specifically between 20 and 40 metres deep. It is a delicacy that contains exquisite flavours, largely due to the food it eats. Its diet is centred on other crustaceans, such as shrimps, barnacles or small crabs, and this is thanks to its strong teeth.
Generally, the snapper goes unnoticed right before our eyes and you might not commonly see it on restaurant menus or in stores. Despite all of that, at the GreenSuites Coffee Restaurant we offer you the possibility to try it, if you haven’t already, or simply to enjoy its incredible flavour. However, if you also feel like cooking a recipe with snapper because you have a real chef in you, take a look at these simple recipes.
Snapper with Potatoes and Tomatoes
For a recipe that never fails, snapper over a bed of potatoes and tomatoes mixes the juiciness of this fish with the flavour of the rest of the ingredients to create an exquisite delicacy that will delight anyone’s palate. Read on to learn how to make it step by step:
1) Cut a couple potatoes into rounds, with a medium thickness and boil with 1 bay leaf and 2 garlic cloves.
2) Take them off the heat before they finish cooking completely and carefully place them in an oven-safe baking dish.
3) In a pan, sauté an onion cut in julienne until it turns translucent.
4) Add the cubed tomato to the pan with the skin removed and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
5) When finished, sprinkle with chopped parsley.
6) Add the cooked vegetables to the baking dish with the potatoes and bake for 5 minutes.
7) Drizzle oil over the top and lay the snapper on top of the vegetables. It should be open with the skin facing down so that it cooks correctly and maintains its shape.
8) Bake the snapper for about 5 minutes and enjoy!
To obtain a spectacular result cooking salted snapper, it must be whole and fresh, as well as still have its scales. See below for how to prepare this recipe:
1) Add a bed of coarse or cooking salt to the bottom of a baking dish.
2) Once the snapper is cleaned, place it over the salt in the baking dish and once again cover with salt.
3) With your hands, press on the salt to make it more compact with the fish and salt.
4) Add a few drops of water on top to offer a bit of humidity to the salt.
5) Bake the fish at 210º C for about 40 minutes.
6) Remove the baking dish from the oven carefully and let sit about 5 minutes.
7) Serve by hitting the salt with a spoon to break the shell.
8) Remove the fish bones with a fork and spoon and enjoy!
If you want to accompany this fish with a condiment, add a touch of mayonnaise or tartar sauce to the dish and enjoy the delicious combination they make with the snapper. Ready to get cooking?