Citrusy Linguine with Red Snapper

Citrusy Linguine with Red Snapper


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About this recipe: Red snapper fillets are set on top a mound of linguine, which has been tossed in an orange-zested cream sauce. A deliciously fresh, yet rich dish. Serve with a crisp green side salad.


Serves: 4 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 125ml vodka
  • 125ml lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 175ml whipping cream
  • 225g linguine pasta
  • 4 (175g) red snapper fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest

Prep:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the shallots and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the vodka and simmer for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, fish sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, fennel seeds, basil, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon orange zest and cream. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until the sauce has reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the linguine and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, season the snapper fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge in the flour. Shake off the excess and set aside. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the snapper fillets on both sides in the hot oil until nicely browned and no longer transparent in the centre, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. To serve, toss the drained linguine with half of the sauce and divide onto 4 plates. Place a snapper fillet onto each plate and ladle on the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon orange zest to garnish.


If red snapper fillets aren't available at your local supermarket, ask at your local fishmonger.

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