Saturday, April 7, 2012

Red Snapper in a Lemon, Creme Fraiche, Oregano Sauce with Roasted Tomatoes


Red snapper is a succulent fish and I gather it's plentiful.  I found three beautiful fillets at the fish counter yesterday, fresh and gleaming.  One of the reasons I love to cook fish is that it's the ultimate fast food, it's so quick to prepare yet it's SO good for you.  This could be made with almost any fish so don't get hung up about finding red snapper.  Cod, halibut even talapia would work.  The tomatoes give it a nice added color and flavor and of course fresh herbs make everything special.  As I'm thinking about it now, it might be nice to roast some lemon quarters along with the tomatoes to squeeze over the fish, roasting gives such a lovely intensity to fruits and veggies.


3-4 fillets of red snapper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt and pepper
3 lemons
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon creme fraiche
Fresh oregano (or your favorite fresh herb)

1 packet of grape tomatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper
fresh oregano (or your favorite fresh herb)

Heat the oven to 350F

Halve the tomatoes, toss in olive oil, chopped fresh herbs, salt and pepper, place in a roasting pan and cook for 30 minutes. 

In a large non stick saute pan, heat the olive oil.  Lay the fish in the pan flesh side down and cook on medium heat for two minutes without touching them. 

Add the butter to the pan and let it foam.  Flip the fish so that the flesh side is facing up.  Spoon the foaming butter over the fish for another 2 minutes or so or until the fish is cooked through. Transfer the fish to a warm platter and cover with aluminum foil. (If you have a particularly thick fillet of fish, transfer it to an oiled baking dish and finish cooking it in the oven for about 5 minutes.) 

Add the wine, fresh herbs and lemon juice and bring to the boil, scraping down the bottom of the pan.  Turn down to a simmer and cook for another few minutes.

Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the creme fraiche. Check the seasonings, adding more lemon juice if needed and fresh herbs.

Place the fish on a serving platter, pour over the sauce, spoon over the roasted tomatoes, sprinkle over some more fresh herbs and lemon wedges.  Serve immediately.

18 comments:

  1. This looks sooo good. We love red snapper and buy it whenever we can find it. Really like the combination of the tomatoes and lemons - a real winner.
    Sam

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  2. This is a gorgeous post, and really spectacular photos. I love to eat this way, and the flavors here sound really delicious. I love tomatoes with fish, and I never thought of using creme fraiche. Fresh fish really is the ultimate fast food! Happy Easter!

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  3. your family must be so glad to see that you're back now to enjoy their home cooked meals, this looks great! i would have to look up a substitution for creme fraiche.

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  4. look absolutely nice Mary!! xxxx
    Happy easter!

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  5. Looks so colorful...nice pics..and looks yummy! :D Mouthwatering!

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  6. Oh, I love snapper with tomatoes. This looks great!

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  7. What a delicious looking fish dinner you made. I love tomatoes roasted along with my fish too. There is so much sweetness to them. I will have to keep an eye open for Red Snapper.

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  8. oh I could have some of this right now! The sauce looks so delicious.

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  9. That looks gorgeously delicious Mary! I hope you have recovered well from your recent trip! Happy Easter! xxoo

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  10. It looks amazing!Happy Easter Day to you & your family!Kisses from Greece,dear!

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  11. Welcome home, Mary!!! And thanks for sharing this amazing dish...simple, healthy and fabulous :)

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  12. That looks amazing! Welcome back... must be nice to back home and back in the kitchen! :) This plate of food is just so inviting... and I loved looking at your pictures of England! Great post, Mary!

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  13. This looks delicious Mary! You do know your way around fish. Happy Easter. :)

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  14. I bet that sauce is to die for! Will be trying that very soon! Looks amazing!

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  15. I love fish. Your red snapper looks amazing.

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  16. We have also shifted to eating more fish. Your fish preparation looks amazing. I love all the flavours and I am especially fond of oregano. Would love to try this. Beautiful presentation.

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  17. This looks great, Mary! I've never tried snapper, but I bet this would be delicious with just about any fish. I'm going to keep an eye out for the snapper now though. Have a great day!

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  18. That looks perfect for dinner!

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