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Spicy Snapper Fillet

with Pepper Ragout
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Spicy Snapper Fillet

Spicy Snapper Fillet - The colorful national dish of Puerto Rico

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Health Score:
9,3 / 10
50 min.

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Nutritional values

Rich in protein, low in fat, and with few carbohydrates, this Caribbean dish is perfect for a light dinner. This fish is a great source of protein and iodine, which keeps the entire metabolism strong.

If you don't have red snapper, you can use red mullet or sea bass instead. 

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie377 kcal(18 %)
Protein39 g(40 %)
Fat20 g(17 %)
Carbohydrates6 g(4 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage5 g(17 %)
Vitamin A0.4 mg(50 %)
Vitamin D5.1 μg(26 %)
Vitamin E8.9 mg(74 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.2 mg(18 %)
Niacin10.8 mg(90 %)
Vitamin B₆0.9 mg(64 %)
Folate56 μg(19 %)
Pantothenic acid1 mg(17 %)
Biotin22.6 μg(50 %)
Vitamin B₁₂6.8 μg(227 %)
Vitamin C94 mg(99 %)
Potassium872 mg(22 %)
Calcium78 mg(8 %)
Magnesium83 mg(28 %)
Iron2.6 mg(17 %)
Iodine136 μg(68 %)
Zinc1.4 mg(18 %)
Saturated fatty acids2.6 g
Uric acid280 mg
Cholesterol85 mg
Development of this recipe:


3 garlic cloves
4 shallots
1 Tbsp dried oregano
4 Red snapper fillet (with skin, scaled, about 170 grams)
2 Bell pepper (1 red + 1 yellow, each about 7 oz))
6 tomatoes
5 Tbsps vegetable oil
1 pinch Saffron (0.1 grams)
2 bay leaves
¾ cup white wine (or vegetable broth)
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Kitchen utensils

1 Pot, 1 Small pot, 1 Skillet, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Small bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Slotted spatula, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 Slotted spoon

Preparation steps

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 1

Peel and finely chop 1 clove of garlic and 1 shallot. In a bowl, combine dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 2

Rinse snapper fillets, pat dry and remove the skin with a sharp knife. Rub fillets with the spice mixture. Cover and leave to marinate in refrigerator.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 3

Cut bell peppers into quarters, remove the seeds and rinse. With the skin side down, roast under oven broiler until skin is charred and blistered.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 4

Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let stand for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel and finely chop the remaining shallots and garlic. Peel bell peppers and cut into approximately 3/4-inch cubes.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 5

Remove stems from tomatoes and cut out cores. Immerse into boiling water, remove with a slotted spoon, rinse with cold water and remove the skin. Cut tomatoes into quarters, scoop out the seeds and cut each quarter in half crosswise.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 6

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a shallow pot and sauté shallots and garlic gently over medium heat for 1 minute.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 7

Add diced peppers, saffron threads, bay leaves and white wine and continut to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 8

Add tomatoes, cook for 2 more minutes and keep warm. Season with salt and pepper.

Spicy Snapper Fillet preparation step 9

Heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry the snapper fillets over medium to high heat, about 4 minutes on each side. Divide the pepper ragout among 4 plates and place 1 snapper fillets on top of each plate.