Red Snapper and Salsa Verde

Red Snapper and Salsa Verde

Red snapper and salsa verde

Despite it being 2°C overnight in the UK, I do believe we are going to get an elongated Indian Summer in the next couple of weeks. I thought I’d take the opportunity to blog about this summery dish before the snow arrives. Super simple, bursting with flavour.

I love to go our Fish Mongers, Evans of Didsbury. Their fish is top draw, every piece looks like the best example of cod, prawns, sea bass you’ve ever seen. Once you find a good fish monger you’ll never buy fish from a supermarket again. The banter at Evans is as good the fish. Another good reason to eat fish everyday. Also, come this time of year they will stock loads of game. Butchers will too, but for some old reason, game is the prerogative of fish mongers. Oxymoron, I know.

The beauty of these places is that, not only do you not know what they’ll have everyday. They don’t either. On this particular day they had some beautiful red snapper. A succulent chunky white fish with an amazing red skin. The photo above is only half a fillet. Hopefully once we get out of the EU, the fish selection will be even better once the quotas are changed.

I love every concoction of pestos/salsas etc. They are always so bold, which carries a lot of flavour and harmonises a dish. Salsa verde, translates unsurprisingly, to green sauce. I guess that means any green sauce is a salsa verde, even mint sauce. The original though, is a little more involved. The secret to a good salsa verde is the umami from the anchovies and piquancy from the capers.

The other great thing about this dish was the discovery of something called Tomberries. You can see one at the front of the photo. In this sort of thing they work brilliantly. Super sweet and just the right texture. We recently purchased some kiwiberries. Sometimes things are left as they are shall we say.

Salsa Verde

  • Large bunch parsley
  • Large bunch basil
  • Large bunch mint
  • Anchovies 3
  • Capers 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic 1 Clove
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 200ml
  • Squeeze of lemon juice.

Salad and Fish

  • Waxy new potatoes, 500g
  • Cherry Tomatoes, 200g
  • Asparagus spears or french beans 200g
  • Fish Fillets, any white fish fillets.


  1. Pick only parsley leaves, otherwise the sauce will be very bitter. Add all the other salsa verde ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice.
  2. Cut all the tomatoes in half. Cook the potatoes until soft and half again.
  3. Blanch the green beans/asparagus for 1 minute 30 seconds. As they are still hot, trim into 2inch pieces and add to the salsa. The same with the potatoes. This helps the salsa flavour the ingredients, rather than sit on the ingredients.
  4. Heat a frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the fish skin side down. Season with salt and pepper. Leave in the pan until all the sides are white (cooked) and the skin is just turning brown at the edges. Flip, cook for 1 minute then turn the heat off. Leave the fish in the pan as you plate up.
  5. Once you’ve plated up, then place a fish fillet directly on top.


  1. What a beautiful dish, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for those tomberries they are intriguing. When Lorraine Elliot (Not Wiite Nigela) was here and we saw Chopped Canada tapped, they have mini baby coconuts, about the size of the Tomberries. They were awesome, the skin just slightly thick provided great texture against the sweet coconut.
    Salsa verde in any combo is a favourite of mine too, although I hadn’t thought about pairing it with fish, I have some chimichurri in the freezer, I’ll put it on some white fish next time, great tip!

  2. I love fish and this looks so inviting with all the colour on the plate and the crispy skin. Not heard of the tomberries, it often feels like we are on another planet here so I’ll have to look it up!

  3. Gorgeous! What a beautiful presentation!

  4. Hello Dave,
    I could eat this dish everyday with fresh and bold flavors and a super crispy skin. Love your new theme! What theme is it? Was the conversion difficult? Can we chat off line?

    • Dave Crichton

      Hi Bam, its called Foodica. It’s seamless if you have a geek behind the scenes to do it for you. I’ll send you an email with the details.

  5. This is a gorgeous looking plate. We live out here on the plains of the midwest so no fish out here (or fishmongers for that matter) but this salsa sounds divine – simple and good..

  6. Being a Southern California “Salsa Verde” means something else here. It took me a long time to realize the Italian version was a whole other beast. I love them both, but yours is so versatile I could eat it with anything. GREG

  7. Amazing looking dish. How did you cook the potatoes in step 2?

    • Dave Crichton

      Hi Whitney, I actually just boiled them. You could also cut them in half and roast for 45 mins at 375f/180c. This would add a nice texture to the salad.


  8. How many does this recipe serve?

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