By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

For more drama, serve the fish whole at the table.

Number of servings

Serves 4
  1. Weight management
  2. Healthy-carb
  3. Diabetes meal plan


  1. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  2. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  3. 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  4. 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  5. 3 shallots or 1/2 red onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil, divided
  7. 1 small whole red snapper, about 1 1/2 pounds, cleaned and scaled, head and tail left on
  8. 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  10. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  11. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  12. 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  13. 1 small leek, including tender green top, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  14. 2 large tomatoes, cut crosswise into slices 1/2-inch thick
  15. 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a shallow glass baking dish, make a marinade by combining the orange and lime juices, orange and lime zests, shallots, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Score the skin of the fish in a diamond pattern. Add the fish to the marinade and turn once to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, turning the fish occasionally.

Heat the oven to 425 F. Lightly coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.

In a blender or small food processor, combine the garlic, basil, mint, thyme, remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Pulse to puree. In a small bowl, combine half the herb paste with the leek. Toss gently to mix.

Sprinkle the leek mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with the tomato slices, arranging them in a single layer. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove the fish from the marinade and pat dry. Discard the marinade. Rub the remaining herb paste over the fish, coating both sides. Place the fish on top of the tomatoes and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

Roast the fish for 30 minutes, then uncover and roast until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife, 10 to 12 minutes more. Lift the fish from the baking dish and place on a large platter. Divide the vegetables among 4 warmed individual plates. Peel the skin from the top of the fish, remove the top fillet, and divide it between 2 of the plates. Lift out the center fish bone and discard. Lift the second fillet and divide it between the remaining 2 plates. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1/2 fillet

  • Total carbohydrate 13 g
  • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Sodium 267 mg
  • Saturated fat 1.5 g
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 63 mg
  • Protein 36 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 5 g
  • Calories 277
  • Total sugars 3.5 g
  • Added sugars 0 g
Sept. 08, 2017