Savory Baked Snapper

So one of my favorite things (as those who have read other posts can attest to) are these little spice bundles that are sold along with green onions at the local market here. I love that I can get some fresh herbs and spices for basically free around here. But I had picked up a couple really nice bundles at the market and they always include this little leafy herb known here as shadow benny. I have only more recently actually learned what it is called, but it smells so savory and delicious I have thrown it in a few meals here and there when it just felt right. But inspired by this savory, almost stew-like herb – I decided to play around with a savory snapper dish.

What You Need:

2 snapper fillets
green bell peppers, sliced (or any other color, but green are local here)
onion, sliced
4 bay leaves
2 shadow benny leaves (optional)
2-3 limes, sliced
green onions, chopped
black pepper

What I did was I first constructed some aluminum foil baking pouches. I sprayed the inside lightly to prevent the fish from sticking. Then I quickly sautéed the bell peppers and onions to give them some flavor and assure they would be soft and added about 1/4 to each pouch. Then I placed in a bay leaf and then laid my fish filet, skin down, on top. I seasoned the top well with pepper, placed my shadow benny leaf, and then covered it with lime slices. Then I added another bay leaf and topped another 1/4 of the vegetables in. Fish in the pouches ready for the oven!

I closed up my little foil pouch and placed them into the oven, at about 350 degrees or so (my oven has numbers, so I went with 3 in my 1-4 scale, whatever that is). Once the fish was cooked and flaked easily, I considered them done and served them up with some fresh veggies and probably some rice, Tyler’s favorite. The fish was so moist and so flavorful!Cooked and Ready for Eating

We were in love with this dish. I highly recommend it. And for all of my oven-less friends on the island, a toaster oven is your best friend so don’t forget it can bake too! You so need one. Enjoy!



Broiled Cajun Red Snapper

Yummy Snapper DinnerOne of the best things about living on a tiny Caribbean island is the fresh fish. Fish that was swimming probably that morning winds up on your plate and it is so yummy. Tyler and I went to the market last weekend and were fortunate to find that there were a ton of huge red snappers, which has quickly become one of our favorite fish. So for about 15 US dollars we were able to get 6 pounds of freshly caught snapper. We gave the “fish master” a couple bucks to fillet them for us and have since been reveling in the deliciousness.

That night we decided we had to have fish so I made one of our favorites, Broiled Cajun Red Snapper. The fish comes out moist with that amazing citrus taste and yummy savory spicy goodness.

What You Need:

Red Snapper Fillets
Cajun Seasoning (this is super common here in Grenada, but you could easily mix your own if you don’t have the pre-mixed stuff)
Limes (or lemons)
Garlic cloves
Olive Oil
Black Pepper

First I dice up the onions and the garlic cloves. Then in a hot pan I saute them with some olive oil until they are a nice golden-brown in color. I slice the limes up into thin circular slices and then set them aside. Next, I spray my trusty toaster oven broiler sheet with some cooking spray (we don’t have a broiler in our oven, but a regular baking sheet in an oven will work too) and place on my dried fish filets. Next I season the fish well with a little black pepper and lots of cajun seasoning. I drizzle on a little more olive oil, top with the onion-garlic mixture.Fish with the onions all ready

ahen cover with the lime slices. Then place the whole sheet into the broiler and cook until the fish flakes, about 10 minutes or so. That is all it takes.

This is seriously one of our favorite dishes. So much so that not only does Tyler request it, but we made it for his parents when they were here too. I usually make it with some lime flavored white rice and steamed veggies for a good, healthy mid-week dinner. Enjoy!

All Done!

Doesn't that look delightful?