Wood Grilled Whole Snapper

Wood Grilled Whole Snapper

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Wood Grilled Whole Snapper
Recipe Type: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: bbq
Author: Caroline
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Serves: 4-6
This dish is something my late mother would make at home, it's simple and delicious and it can also be cooked over a grill wrapped in foil and banana leaves or seaweed for extra flavor. Its also very easy, just clean the fish out, add all ingredients and wrap it up and pop on a hot grill or oven.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole snapper / grouper
  • 1 bunch scallions / spring onions – washed and sliced
  • 2 inch piece ginger finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with water
  • pinch white pepper
  • large wood plank / cedar wood
  • 1 x bottle Sake
  • 1 large plastic container to fit the wood in
Instructions
  1. The longest part of this recipe will be to soak your planks of wood.
  2. I like to soak mine in some alcohol to give a subtle extra flavor to the fish when cooking.
  3. Use a large plastic container, add the plank of wood and the sake to cover it.
  4. Leave to soak for 2-4 hours.
  5. Start by preparing the whole fish, make sure it's scaled and it has been gutted with any small fins cut off.
  6. Make 3 deep slits in the fish skin, using a sharp knife and then rub the sesame oil all oven the skin with a pinch of salt.
  7. Place a few pieces of the sliced ginger, garlic and spring onions in the belly of the fish.
  8. Drain the soaked piece of wood off, pat dry, place fish on top and then on top of your BBQ,
  9. cover the grill and cook for 12 – 15 minutes depending on the size of fish.
  10. To make the sauce for the fish simply heat a small skillet until very hot,
  11. add 1 tsp sesame oil, add the shallots, garlic, ginger and spring onions
  12. and stir fry quickly for 10 seconds,
  13. then add the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey and pinch of white pepper and leave to thicken slightly, approx 20 seconds.
  14. Once the fish is cooked place on a serving platter and drizzle the sauce straight over the top. Serve with some leafy green vegetables like bok choi or a green salad.

 

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