Cooking fresh fish and eating it straight from the oven is delightful. Baked Red Snapper is easy to cook, could be ready in few mins. with commonly available spices at home. This dish could be prepared with any single bone whole fish like tilapia, Bhetki, Karimin or pearl spot, macarel. Fillets of basa, sole will also be good with same method and ingredients. The key ingredients are garlic and lemon juice.
Whole Red snapper- 2
Lemon juice- 2 lemon(save the pith)
Lemon slices- 6
Minced garlic- 3 tblspn
Sea food seasoning- 1 tblspn(Substitute with crushed, black pepper,all spice,red chili flakes, cumin seeds, star anise,fenugreek seeds, coriander,thyme/rosemerry/basil)
Fresh thyme sprigs- 2-3 or chopped coriander
Olive Oil- 1 tblspn
Butter- 1 tblspn
Rock salt- 2 tspn
Wash the fish in running water specially the belly and the head. Pat dry. Make vertical gashes on both sides of the fish.
Prepare the marinade with lime juice, Seafood seasoning, 2 tblspn of minced garlic, salt and oil. Fill the gashes with the marinade nicely on both the sides. Put in the lemon pith, thyme and spoon the marinate inside the belle.
If you have fresh thyme then place it or spread the dry thyme over the fish. Arrange the lemon slices over the fish. Place the fish over a silver foil. Fold it from all sides and make a packet.
Pre heat the oven at 200degrees Celsius. Bake the fish for 20 mins in 180degrees. Fish will release its juices and will be cooked. Open the packet. Fish will be flaky. Its cooked.
Warm the butter and 1 tspn oil in pan. switch of the gas. Pour lemon juice over it. It will sizzle so cover it.
Plate the fish and pour the sauce over it. Garnish with chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.
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