For this Pan-Roasted Fish with Mediterranean Tomato Sauce recipe, Chef Ed Kenney uses Hawaiian fish such as mahimahi and onaga (long-tailed snapper), but any type of meaty, white fish like snapper will work. Use U.S. wild-caught yellowtail snapper; avoid red snapper.
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
2 cups chopped seeded plum tomato
1 1/2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 (6-ounce) yellowtail snapper fillets, skin on
How to Make It
Heat olive oil and butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in capers, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley, chives, tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper; keep warm.
Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Add fish to pan, skin side down; cook 3 minutes or until skin is browned. Turn fish over; cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with the sauce.
I had a big chunk of red snapper from fishing in the Gulf and it was great. I made rice and stir fried vegetables that we put the sauce over as well. Really great. There is a fair amount of tarragon and capers in the sauce; you could cut back on those a bit if you want to tone the flavor down a bit for guests not used to those flavors.