Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Chiles, Lemongrass and Coconut

Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Chiles, Lemongrass and Coconut






4 (1-1/2 lb) whole red snapper, cleaned

1 tbsp Tastic Spice*

1 ½ tbps. Coconut oil, melted

3 limes

2 shallots, peeled

1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems separated (about 2 cups leaves)

2 stalks lemongrass, halved lengthwise and cut into 3-inch pieces

1 cup mint leaves, plus more for garnish

1 Thai chile or serrano chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped

2 small garlic cloves, minced

¼ tsp fish sauce

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 tbsp. olive oil


  1. Season cavities and outside of fish with Tastic spice. Rub skin all over with coconut oil.
  2. Thinly slice 1 lime and 1 shallot. Cut another lime into wedges and save for garnish. Fill each fish cavity with lime and shallot slices, a handful of cilantro stems (discard the rest) and the lemongrass.
  3. Prepare the sauce: Coarsely chop the remaining shallot and juice the remaining lime. In a mini food processor, combine shallot, 1 tablespoon lime juice, the cilantro leaves, the mint, the chile, the garlic, the fish sauce and 1/4 teaspoon Tastic. Pulse until herbs are chopped, then add coconut milk and oil. Continue to pulse until a coarse, chunky sauce forms. (Don’t overdo it; you want a relish-like texture, not a purée.) Taste and add more Tastic, fish sauce and/or lime juice if necessary. (Alternatively, chop everything finely by hand and stir in the coconut milk and lime juice.) Sauce can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Light or heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place fish in basket and grill until blistered and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (Poke the fish along the spine; it should be tender but still juicy.) Serve, garnished with lime wedges and mint leaves, with sauce on the side.



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