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Roast Snapper with Spring Vegetables

Whole red snapper roasted with a sauce made from onions, fennel tomato, garlic, sunchoke and asparagus.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Best
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish, Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Pescatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 479 kcal


  • 170 grams sunchokes (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 1/2 pounds red snapper (gutted and scaled)
  • 14 grams garlic (~2 large cloves, minced)
  • 1 small bulb fennel (sliced)
  • 140 grams onion (~1 small onion, sliced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 280 grams tomatoes (chopped)
  • 115 grams asparagus (cut into 2" length)
  • 1 handful mint leaves (chopped)


  1. Parboil the sunchokes in salted water until they are tender, but not mushy. Trim all the fins off the snapper and dry with a paper towel. Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 450 degrees F.
  2. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large chefs pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the fennel, onion, and bay leaf and saute until the vegetables start turning brown at the edges (about 10 minutes). Add the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Add the parboiled sunchokes, then make a little space in the middle of the pan for the fish.
  3. Generously salt and pepper both sides of the snapper as well as the inside, then spread the belly out a little so the fish can sit upright in the pan along with the sauteed vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil and put the pan in the oven.
  4. Toss the asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper. After the fish has been in the oven for 15 minutes, sprinkle the asparagus around the fish and put it back in the oven and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked all the way through. You can test it by sticking a fork or knife straight down into the meat around the spine and pulling away the meat. It should come away from the bone easily and be opaque. If it doesn't or the meat looks translucent, cook it a little longer.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped mint and serve whole with the vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
Roast Snapper with Spring Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 2361mg67%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 75g150%
Vitamin A 2045IU41%
Vitamin C 39.3mg48%
Calcium 177mg18%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.