Caribbean Grilled Whole Red Snapper

by ImmaculateBites on 3 July, 2015

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Caribbean Grilled Whole Red Snapper-  Fairly Easy to make with a great blend of spice- Moist, tender and flavorful.

Caribbean Grill Whole Red SnapperHappy 4th of July  Guys!!!!!  Switch things up and  add this to  your Celebration .Grilling can be quite daunting not to talk of fish, with it’s delicate flesh. Fear not! It’s quite doable and before you know it you are going to be grilling away like a pro. Yes yes yes!

Why a whole fish? Cooking whole fish with bones, skin and all…  keeps the fish moist and seals in the flavor. Especially when you are dealing with red snapper.

 Caribbean Grill Whole Red SnapperRed snapper requires a little extra love to keep it from falling apart on the grill. An easy way to get around it is to use a grill basket. Or a fish basket, it so helps in flipping the fish. I can’t tell you how many fishes I ruined a good fish trying to flip without a basket. It is an essential tool especially for a beginner.

Caribbean Grill Whole Red Snapper If you want to purchase a grill fish basket they are available at department stores and even some supermarkets, especially this time of the year. Once you get the heat going it is a breeze. Grill about 3-5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the fish. If for some reason the flame flares up, you can just lift the basket and place it aside. So don’t step way.

Do not over cook it, it’s notorious for being rubbery when over cook. When fish is white and the juices must run clear, then you are set. If un-sure check for doneness by making sure the meat closest to the bone is fully cooked – slash with a knife to check. Until you get the hang of it.

Caribbean Grill Whole Red Snapper I know there are numerous ways of making grill fish at home, with each having it’s own unique taste.  Here are a few spices to start with garlic, lemon, thyme, allspice, white pepper and the rest is up to you. Salt , pepper and lemon works great too!  Be sure to oil the fish and basket before placing on the grill. While you are at it throw in some vegetables and or plantain


5.0 from 2 reviews
Caribbean Grilled Whole Red Snapper
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Caribbean
Serves: 2-3
  • 1- 2 Whole red snapper (about 1- 1½ pound each)
  • 1-2 fresh lemons
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoons ground all spice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1-teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped basil, parsley
  • 1 teaspoons or more Chicken Bouillon (optional)
  • Cooking Oil about ¼ cup or more to mix
  • Plantains and or vegetables to grill
  1. Make three –four diagonal cuts in each side of the fish, all the way right through the bone. Season fish with salt, pepper, and squeeze some lemon over it. Set aside
  2. In a small bowl mix all the spices -paprika. Mix thoroughly until all the spices come together
  3. Pour the marinade over the fish, and gently flip them back and forth until coated inside and out. Let it marinate in the fridge for up to 24hours
  4. Preheat to high heat.
  5. When you are ready to grill, Wipe down the grill basket with oil towel and them immediately lay the fish down in the fish casket. Let them grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side
  6. Reduce to medium high, and then cover the grill if you have a gas grill
  7. If you are using a small bbq grill, leave the fish on the open grill or hot charcoal.
  8. Baste with fish spice
  9. Let the fish cook for a total of 3-4 minutes on each side, you may have to add a minute on two depending on the thickness of your fish until cooked – when fish is white and the juices must run clear.
  10. Check for doneness by making sure the meat closest to the bone is fully cooked – slash with a knife to check.
  11. Serve with this pepper sauce and grill vegetables or plantains
  12. Peel plantains
  13. Slice in the middle then cut in halve. Season with salt and brush with spice mix
  14. Grill on each side for about 3 minutes until fully cook through – watch carefully because they burn easily.


Pineapple Lemonade

by ImmaculateBites on 2 July, 2015

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Pineapple Lemonade – It’s sweet, It’s fruity and makes a refreshing drink with an extra something’ something’ – You will want to drink more than one glass.Pineapple Lemonade Do you know fresh pineapples were highly valued, in Britain, throughout 18th- and19th-century? Yes, because of it’s fruity exotic taste. It went on to become the world’s symbol for hospitality. How do you like?  

Pineapple LemonadeSo whether you are hosting an all White Party, Pool Party, 4th of July celebration or just plain entertaining for the summer – make sure you have this pineapple lemonade ready to show how invaluable your guests are. Oh, be sure to tell them, you are serving them the fruit of hospitality in a special concoction.

Pineapple Lemonade As with most my drinks, I like to keep them short and sweet, so you can run off and start getting happy. So lets move on.

There are different ways you can make this; you can use fresh pineapples, which I highly recommend. No, you don’t have to peel and cut the pineapple, just grab fresh cut pineapples from the supper market, frozen will work as well. Then you put in the blend and pulse until puree. Ok, I hear you are not in the mood of blending, sub with 100% pineapple juice.

 Pineapple LemonadeI have made this with and without simple syrup but like I it better with simple syrup- what can I say it’s SWEETER. Make the simple syrup and add a little at a time to suit your taste buds. This quantities are more of a guide – definitely adjust for children and guests. You may use sweeteners to replace syrup.

Finally, to feel really good add moscato or sweet wine to the mix. Your guests are going to feel extra special and you really are going to thank me later.


4.5 from 2 reviews
Pineapple Lemonade
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Fusion
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • ½ cup lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoon lime Juice
Simple Syrup
  • ¾ cup sugar(replace with honey, or any sweetner)
  • 2 cups water
  • Cold water as needed
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint leaves Optional
  • Moscato - Optional
Simple Syrup
  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, keep stirring, until sugar has dissolved- about 5-7 minutes. Throw in mint if using any. Let it cool
  2. Place pineapple in a blender and blend until puree- remove and set aside
Pineapple Lemonade
  1. Pour in a large pitcher, followed by lemon and lime Juice. Then add syrup to taste. Stir until everything comes together. Add sweet wine if including, adjust with cold water, if need be.
  2. Chill or serve with ice cubes.


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