Cuban Red Snapper Escabeche
This fish is marinaded and served with peppers, olives and capers.
- Servings: 12
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1998
- 6 six-to-eight-ounce red-snapper fillets, skins removed
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut thinly into 2 1/2-inch-long pieces
- 2 ribs celery, strings removed, cut thinly on bias
- 3 small assorted-colored bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips
- 2 small red onions, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 small hot chile pepper, sliced in half lengthwise
- 6 fresh bay leaves
- 3/4 cup small green olives
- 2 tablespoons nonpareil capers, drained
- Lime slices, for garnish (optional)
- Cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Cut fish fillets in half, and season with salt and pepper. Place the flour on a large plate. Dredge each fillet in the flour.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of the fillets; saute until opaque and golden brown on bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over, and cook other sides until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fish to a deep glass or ceramic dish, in a single layer, and set aside. Wipe out skillet, add 2 more tablespoons oil; cook remaining fillets.
Wipe out skillet, add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, and place over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, bell peppers, onions, garlic, peppercorns, chile pepper, and bay leaves. Cook 3 minutes, without browning vegetables. Add vinegar, 2 1/2 cups water, olives, and capers. Raise heat to high; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; pour mixture over fish, covering fish completely (if fish is not completely covered, add one part water to one part vinegar until covered). Let stand until cool. Cover; refrigerate at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, let escabeche stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Divide the fish and vegetables among 12 plates; garnish with lime slices and cilantro, if desired.