blackened red snapper with fresh salsa

★★★★★ 3
By Tammy Brownlow
from Dallas, TX

There is nothing like fresh seafood. When I made this, the fish came from a fishing trip to the Gulf Coast the night before. I serve this over a simple pasta. The fish and salsa have so much flavor there is no need to season the pasta. If you have the time, make the salsa the night before to give the flavors time to combine - you will be glad you did.

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Rarely do you find a fish recipe that's this easy and flavorful. This red snapper recipe hits the mark in all areas. The rub on the red snapper has a smoky, peppery flavor. Fresh salsa on top of the fish and pasta adds freshness and lightens up the meal. The seasoning on the red snapper, combined with the salsa flavor, and the pasta creates a wonderfully cohesive meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Saute

Ingredients For blackened red snapper with fresh salsa

  • 4
    red snapper fillets
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • FOR SALSA:
  • 3
    Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2
    small onion, diced
  • 6
    Spanish olives, diced
  • 1
    pepper of your choice, seeded and diced - I prefer jalapeno
  • 1
    handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • FOR FISH SEASONING:
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoky paprika
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    pepper

How To Make blackened red snapper with fresh salsa

  • Salsa ingredients added to a bowl.
    1
    In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for salsa.
  • Salsa bowl covered and ready to refridgerate.
    2
    Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  • Heating olive oil in a skillet.
    3
    In a large non-stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Seasoning the red snapper.
    4
    While the skillet is warming, sprinkle the fillets with the fish seasoning generously on both sides. (I usually have seasoning leftover but it's great on chicken, or shrimp too.)
  • Red snapper added to the hot pan.
    5
    Let the fish cook for 5 minutes on each side.
  • Flipping the red snapper with a spatula.
    6
    Snapper is a very flaky fish so use a fish spatula to turn them gently. If they break it's not the end of the world... they will still taste amazing!
  • Blackened red snapper on top of pasta.
    7
    I like to serve the snapper over pasta with the salsa over the top. Any remaining juice from the salsa I spoon over each of the fillets. Enjoy!
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