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Crisp-skinned snapper with chestnut mushrooms

Australian Gourmet Traveller seafood recipe for crisp-skinned snapper with chestnut mushrooms by Steve Hodges

By Steve Hodges
  • Serves 6
Crisp-skinned snapper with chestnut mushrooms
Crisp-skinned snapper with chestnut mushrooms


  • 30 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 600 gm chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 snapper fillets, skin on (about 750gm each)
  • 50 gm plain flour (1/3 cup)
  • 200 ml clarified butter (see note)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  • 1
    Heat butter in a frying pan over low heat, add garlic, then mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 2
    Using a sharp knife, remove tail portion from snapper and discard, then cut each fillet into 3 pieces. Dust the skin-side of the snapper lightly with flour and place a piece of baking paper over the flesh side. Melt clarified butter in a heavy-based frying pan over high heat until a heat haze appears. Add fish, skin-side down, place another pan on top to weigh down fish and cook for 2 minutes or until skin is crisp. Remove pan and paper, turn fish and cook for 2 minutes or until just cooked.
  • 3
    To serve, return mushrooms to the heat and warm through, scatter with chopped parsley and divide among plates. Top with snapper, scatter with sea salt and serve immediately.


For clarified butter, melt cold cubed butter, pour into a jug, stand, skim surface, then pour off clear butter and reserve, discarding the milk fat – 250gm of butter will make about 200gm of clarified butter.
Drink Suggestion: Light, dry pinot noir rosé.

  • Author: Steve Hodges