Snapper with Fennel and Tomatoes

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pinches of saffron threads

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 bulb fennel, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced, plus fronds for topping

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

4 6-ounce snapper fillets, pin bones removed

Gray salt, for finishing


  1. Stir the saffron into the wine and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the saffron-wine mixture and olives and simmer until the liquid is reduced to about a tablespoon, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and cook until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper; stir in the parsley.
  2. Meanwhile preheat the broiler. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Rub the skin with 3 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add the fish skin-side up and cook until golden on the bottom, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the broiler. Broil until the skin is slightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Divide the vegetables and liquid among 4 dishes. Top with the fish skin-side-up. Garnish each dish with fennel fronds and finish with gray salt.

Cook’s Note

Marc cooks the snapper on his wood-fired grill, then finishes it in the wood-burning oven. To get a similar effect at home, start the fish in a skillet, then broil.

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