Monday, March 29, 2010

Orange Fennel Snapper

I recently hung out with my friend, Leslie, who recently moved to San Francisco from Boston. She and I have similar goals to eat at some of the San Francisco top restaurants and great taste places. I aim to check out Chez Panisse and Zuni café. She has managed already to check out quite a few wonderful spots in the city. After almost seven years of living in San Francisco, I am fortunate to have dined at many, many of the must see places of the area.

Since our bank accounts are beginning to suffer, we decided to stay in and create something light and yet wholesome. This is a very easy recipe for quick, 15 minute meal. 

After a long day of work, I have to say, this was satisfying.

Orange Fennel Snapper

1 lb Pacific Snapper (wild)
1 mandarin orange
1 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed in hand
2 tbsp capers
1 lemon
1/2 tbsp olive oil + olive oil spray can

1. Preheat the oven to 450C. Spray the 8 x 8 baking dish with olive oil. After de-boning the snapper, lay as a single layer in the dish. 
2. In a small bowl, prepare the marinade. Mix one squeezed mandarin orange and lemon with 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Pour the orange marinade over the snapper. Crush the fennel seeds and sprinkle over the fish. Then add 2 tbsp drained capers over the fish. Allow the fish to soak up the marinade.
4. Put the fish in the oven for 6-8 minutes. The fish will be completely white when cooked completely. 

The snapper is delicious with a side green salad or roasted asparagus. Enjoy!


  1. This looks delicious!! Also, someone gave me a subscription to Cooking Light magazine for my wedding and it was the best gift ever! So many great recipes for ALL cooking levels. They have a great website for ideas too!!


    ps. so excited about your new blog!!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I too like the Cooking Light recipes. Right now I have a Food and Wine magazine subscription and the pictures always make me so excited to cook.

  3. What a lovely fish recipe - the mandarin oranges sound so perfect paired with the snapper!

  4. Thanks. I am in such a fish mood lately. I think it is the Spring weather setting in.