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Red Snapper with Baby Bok Choy


This red snapper recipe is courtesy of chef Harold Dieterle.

  • Servings: 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2008


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, white parts finely chopped and green parts sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bottom 2 inches finely chopped
  • 1 piece ginger (1 by 2 inches), peeled, plus 1 teaspoon, peeled and minced
  • 5 cans (12 ounces each) coconut milk
  • 1 can (4 ounces) green curry
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 6 fillets (6 ounces each) red snapper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups baby bok choy, sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, toasted


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, scallion whites, lemongrass, and piece of ginger. Cook, stirring, until translucent, about 1 minute. Add coconut milk, green curry, sugar, fish sauce, and kaffir lime leaves; let mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a medium bowl; stir in lime juice and scallion greens set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Season snapper with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Immediately transfer skillet to oven and cook until opaque, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and keep warm.

  3. In a medium skillet, add olive oil and minced ginger. Cook over medium heat, until ginger just begins to brown, about 1 minute. Add bok choy and cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; sprinkle over cashews and toss to combine.

  4. To serve, spoon some of the sauce onto each of 4 plates. Top with bok choy and snapper; serve immediately.

Reviews Add a comment

  • BlondeAmbitionista
    14 MAR, 2011
    This was really delicious --- mild and sweet -- I double the amount of bok choy and served it in a bowl with the sauce as well as some rice stir fry noodles ..... definite keeper!
  • Grace08
    21 MAY, 2008
    I've been a fan of Harold since seeing him on Top Chef. He seems to be much more comfortable in front of a camera and even enjoyed himself. Invite him back again soon. Can'tr wait to try his red snapper recipe.
  • kittyatsea
    20 MAY, 2008
    I made this tonight...didn't have the kaffir lime, but it was delicious anyway. Reminded me of my trip to Thailand. The chef made it look so simple, but it takes me a bit of time to toast the cashews, chop the garlic and ginger, put the sauce together, etc. Wish I had a prep cook. Anyway, it was worth it!