Red snapper en papillote with lemongrass, coriander and a mitzuna salad

A really fresh, summery recipe that could easily be adapted for the barbecue. Cooking the fish in foil intensifies the flavour and, if you can’t get hold of red snapper, any firm, white fish will work well.

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For the red snapper

For the mitzuna salad

To serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

  2. For the red snapper, place four large pieces of aluminium foil on the work surface. Place an equal amount of lemongrass, spring onions, chilli, lime leaves and coriander on each piece of foil, then place the snapper fillets on top. Pour over the lime juice and fish sauce.

  3. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Fold the aluminium foil over to encase the ingredients and seal (like a Cornish pasty). Make sure that the foil is sealed well and that there is room for steam to circulate in the package.

  4. Heat a large ovenproof frying pan (alternatively, preheat a roasting tray in the oven) and put the parcels in the pan. Place the pan in the oven for 6 minutes.

  5. For the mitzuna salad, place the mitzuna and rocket leaves in a bowl and add the strips of coconut.

  6. Place the remaining salad ingredients into a pestle and mortar and pound to a paste. Add the paste to the bowl of leaves and toss to coat.

  7. To serve, place the salad on serving plates with the snapper fillets. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Recipe Tips

To cook the fish on the barbecue simply place the foil-wrapped fillets directly on the grill for a few minutes.