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Sautéed Snapper with Broken Black-Olive Vinaigrette

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Serves 4

A nonstick skillet is perfect for sautéing fish fillets with no worries about sticking. A thin, angled slotted spatula with a slightly curved lip is very helpful for turning delicate fish.

  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. loosely packed finely grated lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 skin-on snapper fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 1/3 cup flour for dredging
  • 5 oz. (5 cups loosely packed) baby arugula, washed and dried
  • 4 lemon wedges for serving

Mix the olives, 1/3 cup of the oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and chile flakes in a small bowl with a fork; the vinaigrette doesn’t need to emulsify. Season with salt to taste.

Pull out any bones in the fish with needlenose pliers or tweezers. Season both sides of the fish with salt and dredge very lightly in the flour. Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add two of the fillets, skin side up; cook until light golden brown, 4 to 5 min. With a thin slotted metal spatula, turn the fish and cook until the second side is lightly browned and the fish is cooked through, about 3 min. Transfer the fillets, skin side down, to a plate, cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining fillets.

Stir the vinaigrette, toss enough of it with the arugula to coat lightly (1 to 2 Tbs.), and portion it among four plates. Lay the fish on top, spoon the remaining vinaigrette over the fillets, and serve with a wedge of lemon.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 450; Fat (g): fat g 29; Fat Calories (kcal): 260; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 35; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 21; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 760; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 60; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made the fish without dredging it in flour and it still tasted great. A simple, quick meal. Loved the vinaigrette; just not a fan of arugula. We will try it with different greens the next time.

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