Red Snapper Cakes with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

Red Snapper Cakes with Avocado-Tomatillo SauceRecipe
Randy Mayor
Take advantage of springtime flavors, and serve with roasted new potatoes and asparagus.


6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 261
Caloriesfromfat 34 %
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 4.4 g
Polyfat 2 g
Protein 17.3 g
Carbohydrate 27.7 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 588 mg
Calcium 55 mg


4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tomatillo, husked and quartered (about 3 ounces)
1/2 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, quartered
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded
Cooking spray
9 tablespoons chopped ripe peeled avocado
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 (1-ounce) slices bread
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
14 ounces finely chopped skinless red snapper
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon butter


Preheat broiler.

To prepare sauce, combine the first 4 ingredients on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened, stirring once. Cool slightly. Place tomatillo mixture in a blender; add avocado, 1/4 cup cilantro, juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth. Cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare cakes, place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 2 cups. Combine 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup onion, and next 9 ingredients (through egg whites) in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Divide snapper mixture into 12 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each), shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Dredge patties in remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add cakes; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Wrap handle of pan with foil; place in oven. Bake cakes at 400° for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce on each of 6 plates; top sauce with 2 cakes.