Whole Grilled Snapper With South African Spices / Fish Brai

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 121


1 snapper, , whole, bluefish, sea bass, or other large fish (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), cleaned and trimmed of fins, head and tail left on
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon paprika, hot or 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons coconut milk, canned
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
1 bunch scallion, both white and green parts, trimmed and finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 piece ginger (1/2 inch), fresh, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped, fresh


1. Rinse the fish, inside and out, under cold running water, then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Make 4 diagonal slashes, to the bone, in each side of the fish. Season the fish, inside and out (including the side slashes), with salt and pepper. Place the fish in a roasting pan and set aside while you prepare the spice paste.

2. Combine the cumin, curry powder, paprika, oil, coconut milk, lemon juice, scallions, garlic, ginger, and cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender or food processor and process to a smooth paste. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as necessary the mixture should be highly seasoned.

3. Spoon half the mixture into the cavity and under the gills of the fish. Spread the remaining mixture over the outside of the fish, working it into the slashes in the sides of the fish. Cover and let marinate, in the refrigerator, for at least 3 hours, or, for a richer flavor, overnight.

4. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to high.

5. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Place the fish on the hot grate and cover the grill. Grill the fish until it breaks into firm flakes when pressed with a finger, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

6. Using two long spatulas, carefully transfer the fish to a serving platter. At the table, fillet the fish and serve at once.

Serves 4

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 121
Calories from Fat: 107

This Whole Grilled Snapper With South African Spices / Fish Brai recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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