Whole Grilled Red Snapper Provençal

Coastal Living
4 to 6 servings


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2 garlic bulbs, unpeeled
1 2/3 cups extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 medium-size vine-ripened tomatoes
1/2 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
2 (2 1/2- to 3-pound) whole red snapper, dressed, leaving scales on
6 sprigs fresh rosemary


Cut off pointed end of garlic; place bulbs on a piece of aluminum foil, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Fold to seal.

Bake at 425° for 30 minutes; cool. Squeeze pulp from garlic cloves into a small saucepan. Set aside.

Cook tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds; drain. Peel, seed, and dice tomatoes; add to garlic. Stir in 1 1/2 cups olive oil, basil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Sprinkle snapper cavities with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; insert rosemary sprigs. Brush skins lightly with remaining olive oil. Place fish in 2 lightly greased grill baskets.

Grill, covered with grill lid, over high heat (400° to 500°) 10 to 12 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork.

Cook tomato sauce over low heat until warm. Spoon 1 cup sauce over fish Serve immediately with remaining sauce.

Created date

November 2001