June 15, 2012

Grilled Snapper with Lemon Shrimp and heirloom Tomato Salad

A big O
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Oh yes.

There is nothing finer than sweet local shrimp fresh from the waters of Mobile Bay, mild, delicate fillets of deep water red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico and succulent garden fresh tomatoes right from home gardens. And all of this happens right now along the coast of Alabama and in homes like ours during the first weeks of June. Another marvelous taste experience happening in our house as well as around the country is the enjoyment of fine goods from the folks at O Olive Oil of California.

The O Performance on the Grill
All O Olive Oils are harmoniously crushed with varying citrus unlike infused oils which until now, is all I knew anything about citrus oils. Their method of pressing the two together creates a natural sugar content and because of this, the oils have a much lower burn temperature. Most folks use these fine oils as a finishing oil meaning it is normally used 'as is' drizzled on foods or incorporated into a vinaigrette and served accompanying a paired vinegar, which is what I did in the tomato salad. But I wanted to push the oil further and use it in grilling recipes and in order to do so, I knew I had to shield it from burning and protect it from loosing its delicate flavor. The shrimp did exceptionally well using the oil as a marinade and by cooking on medium heat with
shell on, the lemony flavor remained intact. As for the snapper, I used a grill pan with scallions to shelter underneath the fillet and was able to cook at a much higher temperature using both the oil and vinegar as a basting mixture. Double shielding from the fire, the oil in the vinaigrette-like baste helped to seal the flavor into the snapper.  Additional oil was drizzled on the finished plated shrimp, snapper and salad as well.

O, yes please
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Now, any firm white fish will work just fine but since snapper season is in right now, it is my choice for a fresh fish that is right off the boat ~ Lets get to the recipes . . . Enjoy!

Grilled Snapper with Lemon Shrimp 
 and heirloom Tomato Salad
2 servings, recipe easily doubles

1 Snapper fillet, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds
Fish Marinade recipe
Lemon Shrimp recipe
Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe
6 to 8 green scallions
several sprigs of rosemary tied together


To prep the fish fillet:
Rinse under running water and pat dry with paper towels. With skin side up, cut several slits about 1/4-inch deep every two inches down the side of the fish. Place a few slices of lemon in the bottom of an oblong dish and lay fillet on top.

Fish Marinade
1 cup fish stock
1/2 cup dry vermouth or any dry clean white wine
2 tablespoons O Pinot Noir Vinegar
1 -1 inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced thin
2 garlic toes (pods), crushed and minced
2 small bay leaves
1 small Cajun Belle pepper, minced (or another red hot pepper)
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

In a saucepan over medium heat, allow fish stock, vermouth, O Pinot Noir Vinegar and remaining ingredients to come to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on low for about 20 minutes to develop a mellow, full marinade. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Set pan in an ice bath and allow mixture to come to room temperature or cool to the touch.

From the marinade, place a piece of the ginger into each of the slits on the fillet. Pour the mixture over the fillet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.

Lemon Shrimp
1 pound large shrimp
1/4 cup O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
5-6 wooden skewers

After rinsing shrimp, allow to drain fully in a colander and then onto paper towels. With a sharp knife or cuticle scissors, carefully cut the back side of each shrimp down to the tail and devein. Place shrimp in a container, add the O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and season with a little salt and lots of cracked pepper to taste. Remember the oil and flavor will soak in but most of the pepper comes off with the shell. Allow to rest covered in a bowl and in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.
Soak the wooden skewers under water at least an hour.

Heirloom Tomato Salad
2 cups chopped tomatoes, varying in varieties
1/4 sweet onion, sliced thin vertically
1 large fresh basil leaf, diced
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
3 tablespoons O Pinot Noir Vinegar, divided
pinch of sugar
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup tender garden greens

Place all ingredients in a glass bowl except the greens (and reserve 1 tablespoon of O Vinegar for plating) and toss with a wooden spoon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.

To grill the shrimp and fish:
Remove the shrimp and thread onto the wooden skewers spearing through the tail-end and the upper-body as shown below. This helps the shrimp from curling during grilling. Place on a platter and set aside. Reserve the pepper oil to brush on the shrimp during cooking.


Remove fish fillet from dish and discard the marinade. Place the 3 or 4 scallions on an oiled grill pan and lay the fish fillet skin side up on top of the onions. In a small bowl or glass, mix 1 tablespoon O Pinot Noir Vinegar with 2 tablespoons O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil in making a basting mixture. Set aside.

Oil grates and heat grill for direct cooking (either charcoal or gas) to medium heat, 250 degrees F. When hot, place shrimp skewers above the fire and cook 5 minutes on one side or until shrimp turns pink. Brush with the oil after 3 minutes of cooking. If burning, cooking too fast or using smaller shrimp, move skewers to the cooler area of the grate. You want the entire skewer of shrimp to cook to the perfect, crisp but translucent color of pink like these shown. Remove to a plate and keep warm

Increase heat of gas grill to medium hot (or hotter part of charcoal fire). Place the grill pan of marinated snapper fillet on the grate directly over the fire. Grill the fillet for 5 to 7 minutes basting with half of the O vinegar and olive oil mixture using the rosemary as a basting brush. Place the remaining scallions directly beside the fillet and carefully turn the snapper over on the fresh scallions. Grill 4 to 6 minutes basting with the remaining mixture or until fish flakes easily and flesh is opaque. Remove to a warm plate and prepare to serve immediately.

To serve, scatter 1/2-cup tender greens along one side of each platter or plate. Spoon tomato salad with liquid on top of the greens followed with the topping of the shrimp. Drizzle reserved O Pinot Noir Vinegar from salad recipe on top. You can leave them on the skewers and unpeeled for informal dinners or removed, peeled and ready to eat if desired. Cut the snapper fillet into sections, plate next to the shrimp/tomato salad and on top of the grilled scallions. Drizzle snapper with a little more O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil if desired.

These recipes were created for my entry into an eRecipeCards.com contest using O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and O Pinot Noir Vinegar.


Check out my O Olive Oil and Vinegar Review


6 comments :

  1. I see PRAWNS....singing and smiling :D I will eat everything! Love how big the plate is...haha. The seasoning looks very delicious....mmm

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  2. so delicious looking, love every kind of fish you make! Here is another winner... have a great weekend!

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  3. Drick, this looks awesome. I LOVE seafood! Good Luck

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  4. Oh! I love this fish marinade.

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  5. I love those flavored oils. My brother found a shop in OH that sells oil similar to O Oil and sent me some lime oil. I bet it would do as a great substitute in this recipe. Red snapper is one of my favorite fish. You did well in this one, Drick!!

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  6. Fabulous meal and I could dive right in! Wonderful flavors and the olive oil and vinegar sound great. There's an award for you at my place, cher! :)

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