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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Sauteed Red Snapper

The mild, slightly sweet flavor and flaky texture of red snapper takes well to light seasoning and a quick saute. You can also make this dish with black sea bass. The skin of both fish is edible and crisps nicely in a skillet.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 2 red snapper fillets (each 10 to 12 ounces), with skin
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Step 1

    Cut each snapper fillet in half crosswise. Season flesh with salt and cayenne pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot (but not smoking). Place snapper fillets, skin sides down, in skillet, pressing on fish with a spatula for 1 minute to prevent curling. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip, and cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2007

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