"This is a journey of my life since I was all of 12 yrs when I started my hand in cooking to now with displays of my learning and creations of recipes from around the world. My inspiration and role model has always been my Mum who has always created dishes from around the world and excellently well. I do not believe I would ever match to her culinary skills. I remember the times she could cook and bake almost 4-5 dishes in one go without ever letting one go under cooked or burnt! I was born and raised in Dubai, UAE and recently moved to India for family reasons. Kitchenette just means that over the decades, my kitchen has changed from that of my mum's to my uncle and aunt's, to my home in UAE and now in India. Pala't'te, describes both global cuisines ('Palatte'-diverse flavours) and pleasing diverse 'Palates'."

Friday, 15 April 2016

Mediterranean Roasted Red Snapper with Sauteed Veggies #FishFridayFoodies

I often go back to the land where I was born at, in my thoughts. It is hard to be away from Dubai, UAE as there are so many fond memories of the place. Growing up, we lived in a place very close to the first fish market. Seafood has always been at home as long as I can remember at least for lunch.

Mummy made the best roast /grilled fish too. Since Dad has not had spicy food in decades now owing to his health, Arabic/Mediterranean food seems to be the best choice! And nothing like having Fish grilled or roasted which brings out its natural flavours and does not need much oil owing to its natural oils. I miss Mum's cooking a lot these days. The image below is of a post card I had since college days. Well I used to miss her cooking back then too when we stayed away from home.

This fish was grilled when my Papa (Hubby's Dad) came to stay. He has been unwell since last year and has a lot of diet restrictions, so I thought it best to make this fish roasted. He thoroughly enjoyed this fish and make. What's best is it was devoid of any oil and used a lot of good, healthy ingredients. The Red Snapper in itself is quite a flavoursome fish. You can add other vegetables too but like I said he has many restrictions on the type of vegetables too. Suggest adding some whole shallots and tomatoes with slits on either side. Ironically though my recipe is titled as with Sauteed Veggies, it really does only give the look of being sauteed as that is how it cooked when roasted with the fish.

Red Snapper can be cooked in many ways. Rich in Selenium, Vitamin A, Omega-3, it can be baked, broiled, poached, grilled, sauteed or steamed.

I am a fan of one pot or pan cooking. So it was neat to have the veggies cooked atop the fish. Although I had to do a bit of flash cooking prior to placing the beans on the baking pan.

April's Fish Friday Foodies is hosted by the lovely Camilla M. Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Thank you Camilla for this awesome theme.

You need:

  • 1.5 kgs Red Snapper
  • 4-5 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tbsp of crushed black pepper
  • 250 gms of French beans
  • Sprinkle of Salt
  • 1/2 medium sized lemon (Preferable, but I had to leave it out owing to Papa's diet restrictions) or 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 large shallot, diced or cut finely

The Make:
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Marination time: 20 minutes to an hour | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 adults

1. Slit the sides of the Red Snapper and sprinkle some salt and rub down on both sides with the black pepper and vinegar (or lemon juice).
2. Crush the garlic using the back of a knife and press down. Place it in the cavity of the fish and around it as well. Allow it to stand for 20 minutes to an hour.
3. Line a baking pan with butter paper/foil or lightly grease the pan. Heat water and add a sprinkle of salt and bring to a boil. Add the cleaned French beans and shallots to the boiling water and  cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the flame and place the beans in an ice bath or chilled water.
4. Place the fish over the pan and add the beans and shallots on top. Loosely cover the fish with the edges of the butter paper or foil or you can even leave it open.
5. Heat the oven to 180°C and place the fish in the oven. Roast for at least 20 minutes to an hour.

Serve hot with kuboos / pita bread or any of your favourite flat bread and garlic paste or sauce.

Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies?  We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month.  To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517@gmail.com.

And now for some of the lovely, healthy Whole Fish Recipes by our awesome #FishFridayFoodies from around the world:



  1. I love this story. How you remember the love in your mother's cooking and how you show your love to your father in law with your cooking. Thanks for sharing Georgina

  2. Red Snapper is common down here and this looks like a fun way to prepare it.

    1. Thanks Sid. Hope you get a chance to give it a go!

  3. Your fish looks so satisfying with the vegetables!

  4. This looks and sounds delicious!! I've definitely giving this a try! xoxo

    1. Thanks Karen ...Do let me know how it goes <3 xxoo

  5. How lucky you were to grow up surrounded by fresh seafood. It was such a rare thing in my childhood to have fresh fish, or any fish for that matter since I grew up on a small country farm. I really like your recipe and the one pot cooking aspect. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Colleen. Yes and what's best is I have always loved seafood since I was a wee little child. I have gained a nicname from work colleagues as a result 'Machi Market' (which literally translates to Fish Market owing to my love for fish and since I never failed to order it for work lunches :D ) Wow a country farm - I am literally smelling the wonderful pies that may have come out of your kitchen :) Thank you for sharing about your childhood too.

  6. Nice to incorporate your family memories in your recipes.

    1. Thank you Jade. It is indeed very heart warming!

  7. It's wonderful how food conjures memories and makes new ones. Snapper is a lovely fish, I know it was delicious. P~

    1. Thank you Paula.Yes Snapper is really lovely and delicious too :)

  8. Perfect and makes a filling meal - fish with sauted veggies..


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