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An amazing fried fish - Red Snapper

An amazing fried fish - Red Snapper

An amazing fried fish - Red Snapper

The red snapper is one of the favorite fish to fry and enjoy, its unique flavor and abundant meat makes it perfect for any occasion.

Here is the recipe for the famous "Pescado Frito".



  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon store-bought 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) red snapper, cleaned, scaled and gilled
  • 1 ½ quarts vegetable oil
  •  Lime wedges, hot sauce and chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Prepare the adobo: Combine all the adobo ingredients and grind them together in a large pilón or mortar and pestle, or simply mix them together in a small bowl.
  2. Prepare the fish: Make three shallow crosswise cuts on both sides of the surface of the fish skin, then place it in a deep container with a lid or a large resealable bag. Pour adobo over, rubbing it into the skin, head and cavity. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. If marinating longer, let the fish come to room temperature 30 minutes before frying.
  3. In a wide, heavy-bottomed pot large enough to submerge your fish, pour in enough oil to reach a depth of at least 2 inches. Heat over high until oil is simmering and reaches 350 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  4. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.
  5. Once the oil comes to temperature, pick the marinated fish up by the tail, shake off excess marinade, and lower it head-first into simmering oil. Use a pair of tongs to gently nudge the fish to prevent it from sticking to the pot. It’ll be very active at first, so have a splatter shield handy, if you’ve got one.
  6. Using a heat-safe ladle, baste any unsubmerged fish with hot oil repeatedly, ensuring fish cooks evenly. Fry until it turns golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes, watching carefully and removing immediately if it starts to get dark.
  7. Using an extra-long fish spatula, or a set of heatproof tongs and a heatproof spatula, carefully lift the fish out of the oil and transfer it to the lined baking sheet.
  8. Let rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with lime wedges, hot sauce and cilantro.
Enjoy with your family and friends! Remember that you can buy the freshest Red Snapper here!
June 02, 2022

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