Looking for a meal that looks and feels fancy but actually takes, like, NO time and minimal effort to throw together? Grill a whole fish! With just a handful of ingredients, some steamed rice, and a good cast iron grill pan, you're only a few minutes away from a nearly foolproof dinner.
Although any number of spice blends work great with grilled fish, my Four-Citrus Mojo Spice Blend is one of my favorites. The burst of garlicky citrus is perfect for fresh fish, especially when you pair it all with a bright, juicy white wine.
Let's get grilling, shall we??
Mojo Grilled Snapper
Whole red snapper (or other 1- to 2-pound whole fish), cleaned and scales removed
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Four Citrus Mojo Spice Blend
Preheat the flat side of a cast iron grill pan over medium heat (or on a grill set to medium heat). Cut the lemon in half and slice one of the halves into 1/2-inch rings, leaving the other half intact. Do the same with the lime, orange, and grapefruit.
Use a paper towel to pat the fish dry both inside and out. Using a sharp knife, cut three or four slices into each side of the fish. Drizzle the fish with olive oil and sprinkle with Four Citrus Mojo Spice Blend both inside and out. Stuff one or two of each type of citrus ring into the cavity and place the fish on the hot griddle, along with the citrus halves, cut side down. Allow the fish to cook, undisturbed, until it can be lifted without giving any resistance. If it feels like it's sticking AT ALL just leave it alone until it's ready. Remove the citrus halves when the cut side is nicely charred.
Transfer the fish to a platter, along with the grilled citrus and the remaining citrus rings. Squeeze the grilled citrus over the fish just before serving.
Suggested Wine Pairing: This dish is screaming for a bright, juicy white wine, such as the 2019 Lincourt Carol Ann Chardonnay.