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Snapper with Citrus Salsa

Snapper with Citrus Salsa

Snapper is a very popular white fleshed fish with a mild flavor, it is great grilled, steamed or fried.

A salsa made with oranges, lemon, and a hot, fruity  (all ingredients high in vitamin C) turns a dish of red snapper into a festival of flavors.

Ascorbic acid in the citrus helps the body absorb iron from the lightly wilted spinach.


  • 1 large navel oranges, peel,  flesh cut into segments
  • 1/2 medium lemon, peel , flesh cut into segments and chopped
  • 1/2 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon of red chile flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of 1/2 lime, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 red snapper fillets, skinned (each 4 ounces)

2 ounces baby spinach (about 2 cups)


Toss oranges, lemon, shallot, chile, cilantro, lime zest and juice, oil, honey, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.


Fill a wok or large pot with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil. Line bottom of the basket of a 10-inch, 2-tiered round bamboo steamer with parchment paper. (Alternatively, use two pots fitted with steamer inserts.) Season fish using remaining pepper. Arrange in a single layer in bottom basket. Cover, and set over boiling water. Steam until fish is almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Put spinach into top basket, and set over bottom basket. Steam until spinach is bright green and just wilted, about 2 minutes more.


Divide spinach among 2 plates. Top each with fish and 1/2 cup salsa. Serve remaining salsa on the side.

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