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Cook Your Catch: Whole Fried Yellowtail Snapper by James Petrakis

This fast and simple recipe combines the sweet, delicate flavor of snapper with the tartness of citrus and crisp texture of deep-frying.

Cook Your Catch: Whole Fried Yellowtail Snapper by James Petrakis

Add your favorite sides for a delectable and hearty meal.

Recipe Instructions:

  • 2 1- to 1 1⁄2-pound whole yellowtail snapper
  • 1 cup flour, seasoned with salt, pepper, sugar and Old Bay

1. Scale and gut fish, then remove the gills.
2. Heat fryer or deep pot with olive oil to 375 degrees.
3. Score fish, putting deep slashes in the flesh (to the bone) on both sides every 3 inches for oil to penetrate during frying.
4. Pat fish dry inside and out, then dredge lightly in seasoned flour.
5. Fry fish for a few minutes.
6. Pull fish out of the fryer, plate, and spoon on salsa and juice, allowing both to go into cuts.

Citrus Salsa

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1⁄2 hot red chile, minced (may substitute a pinch of chile flakes)
  • 1⁄2 red onion, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, mint and basil, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, sugar to taste

Prepare first and let marinate for one hour.

1. Segment the fruit, reserve any liquid left, and mix with olive oil.
2. Mix all ingredients, including citrus juice and oil, and allow to marinate.

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