Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mediterranean Snapper with Lemons, Olives and Capers

This dish is one of my favorites. I am a big seafood lover and living in Florida the red snapper is fresh, readily available and always very delicious. Rather than using glutenous all purpose flour, I have used a bit of almond flour to coat the fish skin and added lemon three different ways. Bringing lemon zest, segments and juice together with the other simple flavors of the Mediterranean makes this fish sing out summer freshness. The bright taste of lemon is complimented by the slightly salty, piquant flavors of the olives and capers making this an absolutely wonderful and fragrant dish. I hope you enjoy.

Mediterranean Snapper with Lemons, Olives and Capers


1/4 cup almond flour
1 lb. fresh red snapper fillet
2 Tbsp. olive oil
8 pieces oil cured olives, pitted and rough chopped (substitute kalamata olives if preferred)
1 Tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained
1 cup white wine
2 Tbsp. lemon zest, grated (about 2 lemons)
2 lemons cut into supremes (see note below) 
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, rough chopped
black pepper

Check the snapper fillet for any missed pin bones by gently running your fingers across the flesh. Remove any found with clean kitchen needle nose pliers or tweezers. Turn fillet over and make sure it has been well scaled also and remove any still left. Rinse fish under cool running water briefly and pat dry with clean paper towels. Using a sharp knife make several slits on the diagonal on the skin side just piercing the skin but do not cut through the fish. Slitting the skin this way will prevent the fish from curling when it is cooked. Pour the almond flour into a small container and season well with black pepper. Mix with a fork to distribute the pepper. With the snapper on a clean surface sprinkle the almond flour across the skin side and gently pat. Turn snapper and repeat on fleshy side.

Preheat a large saute pan on medium high heat to high heat and add the olive oil. Transfer the snapper and place in the pan with the skin side down. Cook until the skin side is golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Using a large flexible spatula carefully turn the fish onto the fleshy side. If the fish is sticking then it is not ready to turn and do not force it or it will fall apart. The fish will let you know when it is ready to be turned. Add the lemon zest, supremes, juice, wine, olives and capers. Cook fish on the flesh side for another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove fish to platter to rest and reduce the liquids in the pan by about two thirds, about 5 to 8 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly. Pour over the snapper and garnish with fresh parsley to serve.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291.1
Total Fat 14.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.3 g
Cholesterol 40.0 mg
Sodium 283.6 mg
Potassium 600.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 11.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 24.6 g

Note ~ To supreme citrus fruits begin by cutting off both ends so that the flesh of the fruit is exposed. Remove the peel, including all of the white pith, which is bitter tasting. Working over a small bowl to catch the juices take a small paring knife and make a cut as close to the membranes on each side of the fleshy segment and remove the segment, leaving the membrane. Repeat until all of the fleshy segments have been removed and you are left with just the membrane. Squeeze the membrane to extract any remaining juice from the fruit and discard membrane. If you are also zesting the fruit do this first before removing the white pith and then continue from there as directed.


  1. This looks REALLY good. I'll try it and give feedback. Found your blog through Dr. Su, Carbohydrates can Kill. Are you in Houston?

  2. Thank you Brian and welcome to my blog. Dr. Su and I both live the low carb lifestyle and you'll find lots of additional low carb recipes in the archives by scrolling down this page and looking in the right hand column for the title Labels. You can find whatever type of food you like there. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy!

    Eat, live and enjoy life,
    Chef Barrae