Last weekend I found myself on an island. Not alone or stranded but on an island just the same. Grill Man and I shared a house with two other couples to wind down. We would have everything that we needed on our island getaway trip including a fancy boat for fishing. Our group was on the hunt for Red Snapper. I had just the recipe in mind for our fresh catch, Fish to Table- Sriracha Kissed Fresh Snapper and More.
Grill Mans last fishing adventure yielded a boat load of tuna. Between the tuna and our travels the Fish to Table- Sriracha Kissed Fresh Snapper and More recipe had been tweaked repeatedly. Chilton County peaches had surely added another layer of fresh and wow to my recipe.
How to spice-up Red Snapper
My recipe married together all of the things that I love in a recipe. Fresh fish, sweet peaches, spicy sriracha, crisp red onion, bright lime, local honey and jalapeno mild or hot to tempt your taste buds. Using fresh ingredients makes all the difference in a recipe. Eating fresh snapper that had been swimming hours ago is truly amazing.
Yes you can buy it at the seafood market and grocery stores. But what part of the world did that fish swim in? Who shipped it over? When was it caught? Who handled it? What if any chemicals or cleaners did they use on the fish? Last year AP investigators discovered Fish billed as local isn’t always local.
Hello Snapper Season
Our fresh red snapper were caught on Captain Cali’s 45′ Strike Back boat on the opening day of snapper season. Grill Man, Dr Music and UK joined up with our Florida friends to give them an intro to Alabama fishing. Fishing gurus hit the honey hole and caught their snapper limit in two hours. Dish Man reeled in the largest Red Snapper of the day in only 38′ of water. Not long after the fishermen arrived at our dock with fresh fish.
Grill Man had given us a heads up so we were ready to celebrate fishing success with cocktails. Appetizers ready, dinner in process and we were ready to feed the fishing crew. Maybe even ply them with wine and Mango Driving Me Crazy. On a hot summery day nothing is better than a refreshing frozen drink filled with fresh fruit and just enough rum to knock off the hard edge of any day.
Captain Cali sauntered in from his long day tired but ready to enjoy the evening. Dish Man and First Mate finally arrived on their rental bikes to join our dinner. Soon after his girlfriend Wonder Woman joined our lively crowd. She too would increase the snapper limit for our boat. Read about my experience in June’s Food Column along with recipe for Sriracha Kissed Snapper and More.
Soon I hope to join this fishing crew again on Captain Cali’s fishing machine 45′ Strike Back. I could not have asked for a better crew to fish with. As a fishing novice it is always good to learn from the best. If you can swing someone to bait your hook it’s even better. Just remember to tell them, “bigger bait equal bigger fish”.