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Whole Roasted Hogfish Snapper

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Whole Roasted Hogfish Snapper

Wild Caught!

    • Serves 2
    • Easy


    Recently, I went on a boating trip with some friends of mine who love to fish. My friend Alex, who is a boating and fishing enthusiast, caught two beautiful Hogfish Snappers that I got to take home with me. As he fishes frequently and pretty much always catches fish and lobsters, he suggested I deep fry the fish whole…and though that sounds amazing, I decided to go a more healthy route.

    I have made a lot of fish dishes but never got the chance to roast it whole…it was life changing! So if you get the chance to buy a fish whole or catch it, here is what you should try…



    Quick Tip

    When you buy the fish whole, the insides of the fish's belly should already be removed and the fish should be scaled, however, ask if this has been done.


    Preheat Oven & Prep The Fish

    Start by preheating the oven to 450F. Next, prep the fish by slicing three slits diagonally across both sides of the fish. Drizzle olive oil over both sides of the fish and massage it in lightly then season the fish liberally with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. You can go heavy on the seasoning as the fish will absorb it nicely but the skin will later on be removed. Lastly, cut thin lemon slices and add them to the slits as well as the belly. The more lemon, the better!


    Roast The Fish

    Once the oven is at 450F, roast the fish for 10-15 minutes then flip the fish and let it roast for another 10 minutes. The roasting time will differ depending on the size of your fish. Once the meat is opaque and flaky, it is ready.


    Cook Rice & Prepare The Salad

    While the fish roasts in the oven, cook the rice and prepare your cucumber salad. Thinly slice the cucumber or use a mandolin and add to a bowl with cut veggies, I used yellow and orange bell peppers. Next, add the finely chopped cilantro and the juice of a lime or lemon. For the dressing I mixed 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp agave, and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a bowl with a whisk and drizzled it over the salad. Mix the salad and let the flavors mingle while the fish finishes cooking.



    Once the fish is cooked, let it cool a bit before handling. After it has cooled (about 4-5 minutes), use a spoon and fork to gently remove the skin and lift the meat from the bones. This is the fun part!


    Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about healthy, colorful, and easy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states for over 12 years now. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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