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Whole Grilled Red Snapper Provençal

Yield 4 to 6 servings


  • 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

How to Make It

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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