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It really was not that long ago when most American's had never heard of red snapper. Once a few brave Chef's started to bring this beautful creature of the deep into their restaurants, the word got out about its alabaster white flesh, it subtle flavor and its ability to blend with most sauces and glazes. Then, almost overnight, the popularity of red snapper became so intense there was a fear it would be over-fished (much like orange roughy). Now it has become almost a seasonal fish with the hopes there will still be some around for the next few generations to enjoy.
I first tasted red snapper a few decades ago while cooking in a small oceanside restaurant in Martinique, one of the islands which make up the Caribbean. When I was not drinking the locally distilled rum, I was creating dishes using what I didn't drink. Then one day I decided to saute some papaya in the rum and serve it over the red snapper. I got fired! But I created one of my signature dishes, Red Snapper with Papaya and Rum!
Ingredients needed to make Red Snapper with Papaya and Rum (serves 2):
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbs. coconut milk
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I use sourdough)
- 2 red snapper fillets
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 papaya, peeled, seeded and cubed
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- In a shallow dish whisk together the egg and the coconut milk. Set the dish aside.
- In another shallow dish, whisk together the garlic powder, garlic salt, black pepper and breadcrumbs.
- Bathe (dip) the red snapper fillets into the egg mixture and then dredge (coat) in the breadcumb mixture, lightly patting the crumbs onto the fillets. Set the fillets aside 5 minutes.
- Into a medium saute pan or skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
- Place the red snapper fillets into the pan and saute 8 minutes per side.
- Remove the red snapper fillets and keep warm on a serving platter.
- Into the saute pan add the papaya and saute 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum. Place the pan back onto the heat and cook 3 minutes.
- Spoon the papaya rum sauce over the red snapper fillets and serve.
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