Spiced Red Snapper with Georgia Pecan Crust

red snapper pecan crust
Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
4

The nutty aroma of the pecan crust on this red snapper is tantalizing. The tender fish surrounded by a crunchy nut crust is a perfect pairing.

Ingredients

3⁄4 cup pecan halves
1⁄2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 small jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1⁄4 tsp. allspice
4 red snapper fillets
(6-8-oz. each), skin on
4 tsp. vegetable oil
1⁄2 lime
3 green onions, finely chopped
 

Steps

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Oil rimmed baking sheet. In food processor fitted with chopping blade, combine pecans, breadcrumbs, jalapeño, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, salt, and allspice. Pulse briefly until mixture is coarsely chopped but well blended.

2. Rinse fish and pat dry. Spread pecan mixture on large plate and press flesh side of each fillet into mixture to coat completely with thick crust.

3. Heat 2 tsp. oil in large skillet (preferably nonstick) over med. heat. Add two fillets, crust sides down; cook just until lightly browned, about 5 min. With large spatula, remove fillets to baking sheet, turning over to place them skin side down. Repeat with remaining oil and fillets.

4. Place fillets in oven and bake until flesh is cooked through; about 5 min. Transfer to serving plates, sprinkle with juice of lime and top with green onions.

Note: Pecan meal can be frozen for up to two years. To use, put meal in oven and warm at 300°F for 10-15 min.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

Read the full story via...

Menu Development
salad chicken

Vegetables and grains have stepped into the spotlight, thanks to the “flipping the plate” trend, but protein is still an important part of a balanced diet. Sources including meat, cheese, nuts, and meat alternatives such as tofu and tempeh can and should still be on the plate—albeit as a side dish or topping rather than the main event.

“Whatever we do [as FSDs] needs to be rooted in the culture, and today’s culture is all about healthy eating and plant-focused meals,” says Chris Studtmann, executive chef at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. “A recipe is an idea; culture is...

Menu Development
jackfruit

It emerged as a top food trend on Pinterest’s 2017 predictions, is “the latest miracle food” according to Epicurious, and was called “a nutritional bonanza” by NPR. Jackfruit is the latest superfood garnering buzz, and Even Stevens Sandwiches has gone after the vegetarian-friendly option for a recently launched torta. Here, Culinary Director Brandon Price shares three lessons learned from adding jackfruit to the menu.

Finding the best form

Using fresh jackfruit wasn’t the answer for the chain. It has to be sourced internationally, and breaking it down cuts into labor costs. But...

Ideas and Innovation
hibachi grill cooking

We saw in 2016 that many operators were trying to have some type of display cooking in their food operation. We installed a hibachi grill this fall, and within three months we had 300 residents and guests make reservations. We also use our hibachi grill for cooking classes twice a month, where our hibachi chef Abby Kramer does an excellent job teaching different cuisines. We have received so many compliments that we have decided to get another hibachi grill for a different dining venue in 2017.

FSD Resources