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Salt-encrusted whole red snapper

HoosierHoosier Posts: 107
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Costco is selling fresh wild caught (from Mexico) red snapper in our area for $10 for two of them. I have always had a fondness for this delicate, flavorful fish when in Florida or the Bahamas, but I have not attempted on the egg.

So, I thought I would try replicating what I saw some Bahamians doing when we were over there years ago fishing at West End. They would gut, stuff with any available spices, encrust in salt, and grill over a fire on the beach. Well, the Egg can do that even better, no?

Step one: lay down some kosher salt on a cast iron griddle, put fish on, stuff cavities with rosemary/parsley/lime (that's what I had on hand) and sprinkle some chopped herbs on top.
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Step Two: mix a bunch of kosher salt with two egg whites. Mix into a snow-like paste and encrust the fish. Shown here on the Egg.

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Three: cooked at 425 with a pretty heavy amount of cherry wood smoke. Ended up cooking this for about 30 minutes as my wife doesn't like her fish undercooked.
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Just like encrusted prime rib, the salt forms a very hard shell that is easily cracked and taken off. Brushed off the extra salt and served here with my favorite fish side...sour cream/cucumbers/balsamic vinegar/paprika.
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FANTASTIC results. My 3 year old toddler was shoveling it down and he is one of the most picky eaters ever. My wife and I agreed it surpassed any fish we've had at restaurants and was every bit as good as the fish I had years ago in the Bahamas while sipping Coronas. This one will definitely go into my regular rotation when I can get whole snapper.
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  • Susan EgglaineSusan Egglaine Posts: 2,430
    EGGCELANT! ;)
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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,303
    Nice cook!! I can only imagine the flavor of those.
    Thanks for the post!
    Molly
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  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Those look beautiful. And the eye's were so clear. We had snapper filets the other night, would love to try your method.
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  • Nice - thanks for sharing
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Interesting cook. Looks really good.

    GG
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  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    That's a GREAT cook! Salt crusts are SO under-used! Nicely done, and hopefully it will inspire more! Have you tried a salt encrusted rib roast yet? :woohoo:
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  • I have had sea bass in a salt mold that was excellent. That looks really good Will have to try it
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