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Grilled Whole Snapper

Grilled Whole Snapper

2 1 ¼- to 1 ½-pound whole red snappers, cleaned and scaled

1 tsp. salt

2 large sprigs rosemary plus 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary, or 2 tsp. dried rosemary, crumbled

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs

Lemon wedges, for serving


Light the grill. Rinse the fish; dry the surfaces and cavities thoroughly. Cut shallow incisions in a crisscross pattern, about 1 inch apart, in each side of both fish. Season each fish cavity with 1/8 teaspoon of the salt. Put a rosemary sprig in each cavity or rub with ½ teaspoon dried rosemary. Rub the surface of both fish using 2 tablespoons of the oil, the garlic, the chopped fresh or remaining 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on both sides of each fish. Drizzle both sides with the remaining tablespoon oil.
Put the fish in a grill basket or onto a very clean grill rack. Cook over moderately high heat for 7 minutes. Turn and grill until golden and just done, about 7 minutes longer. Remove the fish carefully so it doesn’t stick. Serve the fish on a platter. Run a knife between the flesh and the bones and lift off the fillet. Turn the fish over and repeat. Repeat with the other fish. Pass lemon wedges. Serves: 4.

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