Whole Fried Red Snapper with Chili Garlic Sauce

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Whole Fried Red Snapper with Chili Garlic Sauce

This is a WOW! A whole crispy fried snapper with the fillets, cut and fried and piled back onto the bones. Serve the fish with fried rice and fried eggs and accept all compliments with a smile.

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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

Chili Garlic Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 6 garlic cloves, grated

  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced

  • ⅓ cup sriracha

  • ¼ cup Asian style sweet chili sauce

  • ¼ soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons mirin, or sweet white wine

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Snapper

  • 3 pounds whole red snapper, fillets removed, but take bones with head and tail with you (have your fishmonger do this for you)

  • 3 egg whites

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup rice flour

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 cups peanut oil or other high temperature oil

Preparation

Sauce

1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sesame oil, then lightly sauté ginger, garlic, and scallions for 1 minute. Add sriracha, chili sauce, soy, mirin and honey. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside. 

SNAPPER

1. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels.

2. Slice snapper fillets into 1-inch pieces.

3. Whisk together whites and water and place in a mixing bowl. Whisk together flours, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. 

4. Pour oil in a deep sided sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

5. Dredge fish pieces, a few at a time in egg white mixture and then in flour mixture. Once oil reaches 350°F, place fish in pan and fry for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Continue until all fish has been fried.

6. Fry the fish bones. This may take up to 5 to 7 minutes per side (trust me this is a show stopper).

7. Toss fish pieces with chili sauce and pile into one side of fish bones. Place fried fish bones on platter and pile on fried snapper pieces.