Roasted Red Snapper with Citrus and Pistachios

Winter citrus brightens up this simple fish
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Roasted Red Snapper with Citrus and Pistachios
Photo: Lizzie Munro/Tasting Table

Just about any whole fish will work for this recipe—just make sure it's super fresh. The topping, a mix of winter citrus with a sprinkling of crunchy pistachios, is really what makes this dish stand out. We love the kumquats and Meyer lemons that are now in season, but oranges, grapefruits and limes would be lovely as well.

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Roasted Red Snapper with Citrus and Pistachios

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


One 3½- to 4-pound red snapper fish or two 2-pound head-on snappers, scaled and gutted

4 sprigs thyme

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt, to taste

1 tablespoon capers in brine, drained

¼ cup thinly sliced kumquats

2 tablespoons finely diced Meyer lemon or 1 tablespoon preserved lemon

1 lime, thinly sliced, plus the juice of ½ lime

1 orange, thinly sliced

¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios, toasted, roughly chopped

Aleppo pepper, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the fish on a clean work surface and make three 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper. Stuff the cavity with the thyme and garlic, and rub the snapper all over with olive oil. Season both sides of the fish with salt.

2. Place the snapper on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast until the flesh is just flaky, 30 to 35 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the capers, kumquats, Meyer lemon, lime slices and juice, and orange slices. Season with salt and toss.

4. Top the roasted fish with the citrus-caper mixture, pistachios and a sprinkling of Aleppo pepper, and serve.

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