Caribbean Yellowtail Snapper Mexican Style
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Taste Mexico's Caribbean Sea in this yellowtail snapper recipe. Served with cilantro, lime and warm corn tortillas this spicy fish recipe will make your belly smile.
Recipe type: Seafood, fish
Cuisine: Mexican, Fusion
Serves: 2
  • 2 fresh yellowtail snappers, gutted, scaled and pat-dried
  • 1 whole head of garlic, peeled and roughly minced
  • 3 serrano peppers, thinly sliced
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • extra virgin coconut oil, or substitute with olive oil
Additional Ingredients:
  • corn tortillas
  • freshly chopped cilantro, leaves and stems if desired
  • 1 lime cut into quarters
  • salsa of choice if desired
  1. Heat enough coconut oil to lightly coat the pan. Once warm (don’t let it smoke, use medium-low heat) sauté the minced garlic and serrano slices, cook only until the garlic softens then remove from pan and set aside. Add a little bit more coconut oil to the pan if desired or needed, you don’t want the fish to stick to it. Place the fish into the pan and sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over each fish. Depending on the fish size, cook for about 10 minutes then flip over and cook another 8 minutes. The fish is finished cooking once it feels firm on both sides and the meat is flaky. Pour the juiced lime over the fish and allow to cook for 2 minutes before serving.
  2. Serve fish topped with the sautéed garlic, serrano peppers and a little bit of the chopped cilantro. Place the warm corn tortillas and other additional ingredients on the table for everyone to use as desired. Buen provecho or bon appetit!
- Serrano peppers are spicier than Jalapeños but not as spicy as habaneros. If you'd like a milder taste use Jalapeños and for a spicier option use green habaneros.

- Though this recipe was created for yellowtail snapper, it would work great with your choice of fresh whole fish or even fillets.
Recipe by Mexican Made Meatless™ at