French West Indian Grilled Snapper with Caper Sauce

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French West Indian Grilled Snapper with Caper Sauce Recipe
Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Here's how fish is served at the open-air cook shacks lining the beaches of Guadeloupe. The marinade features the four essential seasonings of the French West Indies: lime juice, garlic, fresh thyme, and Scotch bonnet chiles. This recipe calls for snapper, but any firm white fish will work. We left the seeds in the pepper, but you can omit them for a milder flavor. This is great with Rice and Pigeon Peas.
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 2 tablespoons sauce)


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1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 to 2 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, minced
4 (6-ounce) red snapper or other firm white fish fillets
Caper sauce:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons minced Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
Cooking spray


To prepare marinade, place first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Combine marinade and fish in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

To prepare caper sauce, place cilantro and next 10 ingredients (cilantro through shallot) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.

Remove fish from marinade, discard marinade. Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with caper sauce.

Created date

May 2001

Nutritional Information

Calories 246
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Fat 9.6 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Monofat 5.5 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 35.4 g
Carbohydrate 2.8 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 63 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 425 mg
Calcium 63 mg