Grilled Caribbean Snapper with Vera Cruz Salsa

Grilled Caribbean Snapper with Vera Cruz Salsa

This snapper fillet with Vera Cruz salsa recipe is the ultimate choice for your Good Friday feast, boasting vibrant flavours and a delightful combination of spices. Thank you to our friends at Second City Prime Steak and Seafood for the snapper that inspired this recipe.


  • 2 snapper fillets
  • 1½ tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Splash of olive oil


  1. One day before cooking, combine all the seasoning paste ingredients in a small bowl until well blended and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

  2. Set the BBQ for direct cooking without the convEGGtor at 400°F/204°C with a cast iron grate.

  3. Rub each side of the fillet generously with the seasoning paste. Grill the fish directly on the cooking grid until the paste is nicely charred – about 5-7 minutes on each side until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 145°F (63°C). Transfer the fish to a platter, spoon salsa on top and garnish with fresh herbs.

Vera Cruz Salsa Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 mini sweet peppers
  • 2 serrano chilies
  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil for brushing the veggies
  • Coarsely ground salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pitted Manzanilla olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime

Vera Cruz Salsa Instructions:

  1. For the salsa, brush the peppers, chilies, and tomatoes with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill until slightly charred on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes or so. Remove the skins and seeds and dice.

  2. Combine the diced peppers, tomatoes, chilies, and all other ingredients in a bowl and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes allowing the flavours to meld.

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