Fresh Whole Pacific Snapper
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Pacific snapper (Lutjanus peru), also known as huachinango, is a true snapper typically found along the west coast of Baja, and southern Sea of Cortez. The smaller size of this selection (1-2 lbs) makes it a perfect starter fish for whole fish cooking!
Whole fish presents beautifully in just about every way you can cook it. Ideal approaches include frying, grilling, poaching, roasting and steaming. Because this fish feeds on crabs, mollusks, octopuses, shrimp, and small fish, it boasts a great, firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor that lends itself to everything from hot chilies to subtle herbs. Each 1-2lb snapper serves 2-3 people, providing two nice fillets and plenty of tasty bits in and around the collar and bone structure.
Similar to the Atlantic's American Red Snapper, which is very hard to source, Pacific snapper is highly prized as table fare and is an essential export product of Mexico. They are caught by artisan fishermen who still fish in the old ways - from small, day boat pangas with traditional handlines and non-invasive hand drawn nets.