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      RECIPE TITLE "Panfried Red Snapper with Chipotle Butter" from The Gourmet Cookbook with DVD: More than 1,000 Recipes, over 60 Years in the Making

    yieldsserves 4 timeActive time : 15 minutes. Start to finish : 15 minutesdifficultyeasy

    Chefs love red snapper for its inherent drama. Thefillets are often served skin side up because the skin is so
    beautiful. The sweet, mild flavor of the fish contrasts with the smoky heat of canned chipotle chiles in a
    tomatoey adobo sauce. If you can't find red snapper, you can substitute grouper, yelloweye rockfish, or onaga
    (Hawaiian red snapper), as long as the fillets are the same size and thickness, preferably with skin on.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
    1/2–1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo (to taste; see Glossary)
    plus 2 teaspoons sauce from can
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    4 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets with skin
    Freshly ground black pepper
    About 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    accompaniment : lime wedges

      RECIPE METHOD

    Mash together butter, chipotles, adobo sauce, and salt in a small bowl with a fork until blended.
    Spread flour on a plate. Pat fish dry and cut each fillet crosswise in half. Season with salt and pepper.

    Dredge fish in flour and shake off excess.
    Heat 1 ½ tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.
    Add 2 fillets, skin side up, and panfry, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, 4 to 6
    minutes. With a slotted spatula, transfer to plates and loosely cover to keep warm. Add oil to skillet as
    needed, heat until very hot, and cook remaining 2 fillets in same manner. Top fish with dollops of chipotle
    butter and serve with lime wedges.


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