Updated 7:45 AM EDT, Tue, Mar 24, 2015
1 whole cleaned and scaled 2-pound red snapper
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon chopped thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing
1. Prepare the fish: chop all of the ingredients except the oil together with a large pinch of salt. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil. Make 5 parallel 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper, slicing almost through to the bone. Lightly season the fish with salt and fill the slashes with the paste. Rub the fish all over with canola oil.
2. Cook the fish: Preheat the oven to 425°. Set the fish on a sheet of heavy-duty foil and set another sheet on top; fold up 3 of the sides. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the packet and seal completely. Transfer the fish to a rimmed baking sheet and steam in the oven for 30 minutes, until the flesh just flakes. Lift the fillets off the bones and serve.
First Published: Jan 4, 2010 5:47 PM EDT