Grilled Snapper with Mango, Shrimp, and Chile Salsa

Grilled Snapper with Mango and Shrimp Salsa Recipe

The salsa, which is a mixture of, among other things, cool citrus and hot chile peppers, makes a perfect backdrop for the snapper. Although you can make this in the broiler, opt for the outdoor grill; the taste will be that much better.–Rick Stein

LC Choosing A Chile Pepper Note

There are gobs—that’s the technical term, mind you—of chile peppers out there of varying heats. Suit yourself. Although if you haven’t a clue as to where to begin, know that serrano is hotter than jalapeño and that habanero is about as hot as it gets yet with a lovely fruity lilt.

Grilled Snapper with Mango and Shrimp Salsa Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4


  • For the salsa
  • 2 large medium-hot chile peppers (preferably red)
  • 4 ounces cooked and peeled shrimp, thickly sliced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 avocado, ripe but firm, peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1/2 mango, ripe but firm, peeled and cut into small dice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch salt
  • For the fish
  • Four 6-ounce red snapper fillets (or substitute skin-on red mullet, sea bass, bream or porgy, John dory, or gray or striped mullet)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper,, to taste
  • Cilantro sprigs, for garnish


  • Make the salsa
  • 1. Cut the chiles in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a small knife; leave behind the ribs to give the salsa a little more heat. Cut the chiles across into thin slices. Then simply mix all the salsa ingredients together.
  • Make the fish
  • 2. If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare and light it 30 to 40 minutes before you want to cook the fish.
  • 3. If you are not cooking the fish over charcoal, put a ridged cast-iron grill pan over a high heat (or preheat the broiler). Brush the snapper fillets on both sides with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Cut each one into three, slightly on the diagonal.
  • 4. Cook the pieces of snapper, either skin-side down on the grill or grill-pan, or skin-side up under the broiler, for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 5. To serve, spoon the salsa onto four plates and arrange the grilled strips of fish on top. Drizzle a little oil around the edge of the plates and garnish with cilantro sprigs.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Ellen Fuss

May 05, 2004

Wow. On the recommendation of a friend, I made this for dinner last night. The salsa came together in a flash and a quick rest in the grill pan was all that my fish needed. This was amazing. It was spicy, sweet and perfect. I used a ridged cast-iron grill pan and found it needed a bit longer that the three to four minutes called for, but I am thinking perhaps the grill pan wasn’t hot enough when I put the fish in. In the future, I’d consider adding some black beans to the salsa and combining it with even more cooked shrimp for a cold supper. My produce shop had only jalapeños, but I left in the ribs and some seeds to get enough heat. I was so happy to see perfectly ripened avocados as well as mangos at my market and thrilled to have a recipe that pulled these ingredients together so beautifully.


  1. Planning on making this for dinner. Not sure what is meant by “hot red chile pepper” Does this mean dried or fresh??
    Thank you

    1. In this case it means a fresh chile, Eleanor. Perhaps a serrano or a Thai bird chile…if these are too hot for your liking, or if they don’t have them at the store, a green chile, such as a jalapeño, will do just fine…

        1. Please do! I’ll be waiting to hear, as I’m experiencing snapper envy as I type…

          1. We really enjoyed this dish. I used jalapeño, scooped out the seeds and left the ribs, but I felt it could have used a little more heat. Despite that, I really liked it, and it was a quick, easy, delicious weeknight meal.

            1. Swell, Eleanor! Definitely try a serrano or Thai bird chile next time if you can find them. Chances are a habanero would be too hot, but I think the hint of fruitiness from either of these would be lovely.

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