Baked snapper with fish sauce dressing, cucumber and mint salad

Baked snapper with fish sauce dressing, cucumber and mint salad

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From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

A simple baked fish dish – but if you wanted, you could serve it equally as well as a marinated raw dish. Remove the skin from the fish, slice it small enough, and there’s no need to actually cook the fish at all.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g snapper fillet, scaled and pin-boned
1 large grapefruit
50ml fish sauce
50ml soy sauce
1 tablespoon caster sugar
100ml grapeseed or canola oil
3 spring onions
10 vietnamese mint leaves, washed and chopped
4 flat-leaf parsley stalks and leaves, washed and chopped
1 bullet chilli, chopped, (seeds and all!)
2 lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthways, using a mandoline
1 handful coriander, leaves picked and washed
1 small handful mint leaves, washed and torn

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Cut the snapper fillet into eight pieces. Arrange the snapper portions in a baking dish, so no pieces are touching each other.
  2. The grapefruit here is very important. First slice the top and bottom off using a sharp knife, then carefully remove the skin and the white pith, starting from the top and working down to the bottom, as if you are following the lines of a soccer ball. Once this is all done, and working over a bowl to catch all the juices, slice between each vein to get a perfect segment. Each segment we are going to cut into five portions and place in a dish for later; also reserve all the juice.
  3. Pass the grapefruit juice through a sieve, into a bowl. Whisk in the fish sauce, soy sauce and the sugar and grapeseed oil. Spoon half the dressing over the fish, then pop the fish in the oven for 15–18 minutes, or until cooked.
  4. Chop the spring onions finely, placing the green parts into the remaining dressing mixture, and the white bits in a separate bowl.
  5. To the dressing add the Vietnamese mint, parsley, chilli and the grapefruit segments; set aside.
  6. To the bowl with the white spring onion bits, add the cucumber, coriander and mint, then dress with a little dressing.
  7. Arrange the salad around a large shallow serving bowl or platter. Place the snapper portions on top, drizzle with as much dressing as you desire, then serve straight away.
Tags:
salad
salads
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