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Is That Fish Really Red Snapper?

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Red snapper is a very popular fish, and for good reason. It's full-flavored without being too fishy, firm-fleshed, and a really pretty fish to look at. It also lends itself to a variety of cuisines and ways of preparation.

There are a couple problems with red snapper, however. One is that it is very expensive; worth it for a special meal, but for many of us a little too steep to include in our weekly meal plans. This leads pretty much directly into the other two problems:

It's over-fished, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, which is where most domestic red snapper is caught, are working under a recovery plan. Stocks are not expected to rebound until 2033, though. The Monterey Bay Aquarium suggests ruby snapper, pink snapper, and squirrelfish snapper as good alternatives.

And because of the expense and high demand for the fish, "fish fraud" is a huge problem with red snapper. Other, less expensive fish like rockfish are often sold as red snapper. In some states it's legal to do so, but there's only one true red snapper and it commands its premium price for a reason.

If you're up for a special treat and can find the real thing (try a real fish market, if you have one in your town) red snapper is worth it; otherwise, there are plenty of other delish fish.

Have you tried red snapper?

Image via Monterey Bay Aquarium.


by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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MichelleK41
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I think I had it once back in the 90's, LOL.
MamaMandee
by Mandee on Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Nope, I dont eat fish.

KaylaMillar
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

i have not. I'm not a huge fish eater 

sukainah
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I'm not a fish eater so I've never had Red Snapper.  I'll look into it for my husband though

emilyrosenj
by Margaret on Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I havent' tried it but I will be checking out the fish market for it.  It will be a nice Sunday treat for us.

25beengoodtome
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Ugh,,,, this post reminds me of the last trip to the Asian fish mart with my sister in Law. My brother is so funny! he pushes the cart, preps the bags, and calmly follows his wife as she tears through her shopping. Such a fun[but stinky] adventure!

Flaca43
by Silver Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM
I've never had it. Wouldn't mind trying it though!
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AlleyCat08
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 8:11 PM
I love Red Snapper
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AlleyCat08
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM
Fresh fish should not stink. If fish stinks or smells fishy, it is bad


Quoting 25beengoodtome:

Ugh,,,, this post reminds me of the last trip to the Asian fish mart with my sister in Law. My brother is so funny! he pushes the cart, preps the bags, and calmly follows his wife as she tears through her shopping. Such a fun[but stinky] adventure!


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RobynS
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I don't think I've had red snapper. Fish market. Bwaahaahaahaa. We have one tiny grocery store. I never buy my fish there. I drive 30 miles to a bigger city and even there I don't think there's an actualy fish market.

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