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Grilled Snapper with Mango and Shrimp Salsa

Grilled Snapper with Mango and Shrimp Salsa
The spicy citrus salsa is a perfect match for the grilled snapper in this easy recipe.
Rick Stein

Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 30 mins
4 servings
304 kcal


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

  • 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

  • If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare and light it 30 to 40 minutes before you want to cook the fish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.