Recipe courtesy of Doug Shook
Episode: Key West
Whole Mutton Snapper with Mango Salsa
1 hr
15 min
45 min
4 to 6 servings
1 hr
15 min
45 min
4 to 6 servings


  • One 3 to 5-pound mutton snapper, scaled, gutted and gills removed
  • 1 banana leaf
  • 3 bunches fresh cilantro, stemmed and chopped
  • 3 yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 pickled jalapenos, sliced, plus 3 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Key lime juice (or regular lime juice)
  • Mango Salsa, recipe follows
  • Tortillas, warmed, for serving, optional
Mango Salsa:
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 serrano chile, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • Kosher salt, to taste


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 

Carefully score the fish in a diamond pattern using a sharp knife, making sure not to cut through the flesh entirely. 

Lay the banana leaf across the center of a large roasting pan or casserole so that the excess falls over either side of the pan. Place a third each of the cilantro, onions and jalapenos on top. Sprinkle the inside of the fish with salt, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a handful of onion slices. Lay the fish on the onion bed and top with the remaining cilantro, onions, jalapenos, olive oil, the jalapeno juice and lime juice. Wrap the excess banana leaf over the fish and tuck under to close. Cover the entire roasting pan with foil. 

Cook the fish in the oven until a skewer inserted into the fish meets no resistance, 45 minutes. Unwrap the banana leaf and serve family-style with the Mango Salsa. Pass around warm tortillas to fill with snapper and salsa, if using. 

Mango Salsa:

Toss together the lime juice, mango, onion, bell peppers and chiles in a medium mixing bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and more lime juice as needed.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

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