Grilled Red Snapper

I have an ego the size of a dinosaur! And whenever my humongous egotistic self gets badly bruised, I would immediately dash off to my next door neighbor Sheila Brown, 70, a retired school teacher – the sweetest, loveliest, kindest soul ever. She always helps me crossing the stepping stones. She seems to know how to heal my injured ego when I’m pissed-off, ticked off. She knows how to wake me up when I sleep walk.

She would always listen to every single sinister revenge ideas that pop, hop and knock in my head !  She would nod her head in approval on my despicable plan about how to successfully gut my hater like a fish ! Or how to poke in the eye of that specimen from a remote distance!  She would smile when I describe her how to bury all the evidence after killing the rascal !  She would laugh her lungs out when I’d proclaim, “Farewell to kindness and humanity!”

“Step back- breathe a few deep breaths- reconnected to what has real value in life- and focus on something ‘worth obsessing over’ with a clear mind” – She would wink, “A Red Snapper sounds fun?” 🙂



Then she would forcefully make herself comfortable in my garden where I’ve sown and grown some magic, marvels, miracles with all my heart & soul.


She would ask me to feel the sunlight twinkling through the flowers.


“Gardening is a stress-buster, therapeutic tool which generates positive energies in your soul. And it helps you forget the grudges that have consumed your heart”, her soft voice flew away in the wind caressing those petals.



“Take a deep look at those softness, uplifting vivaciousness, the innocence. Aren’t you inspired now to release all your anger?” – she would put her kind hand on my shoulder.



This woman totally has the ability to full-on blow my goddamn mind!

Then she would grill the fish. She knows I’m deeply, madly, truly in love with grilled Red Snapper! I adore biting in the chunks of garlicy ultra soft meat, salted crispy crimson skin, herb flavored moist flesh separating into flakes! I fancy digging around  gooey custardy brain, tearing apart the head with my fingers !



She would use waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much fresh herbs which will make the grilling extra special.




1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Mint/Parsley/Thyme leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 local whole fish (gutted and scaled. Washed. Pat dried). ‘Red Snapper’ worked for me very well.


Whisk first five ingredients in a bowl. Let the flavors of the herbs marry, lemon juices and pepper mingle, the garlic flakes dissolve into the oil. Brush and rub the mix generously all over the skin and cavity.

Place slices of lemon and some herbs inside the cavity.

Prepare the grill (medium-high heat).

Grill the fish until just cooked through, about 6 minutes per side (depending on thickness and size of fish)




With every bite, when the flavor infused flakes melt away in my tongue, my palate thanks her. With every chance she gets, she would show me  that good food and good company make life intensely splendid.




Before leaving Shiela would hug me tight saying, ” Move on. Forgive. Let go of the resentment. And concentrate on more important things in your life, like grilling fish. Thou shall not take revenge, for it is the most unproductive of all human activities. ” 🙂

192 Comments on “Grilled Red Snapper

    • Thanks a million, hon for your lovely, inspiring words 🙂 Yes, I’m blessed to have an angel living next door 🙂

  1. রান্না মাছের থেকে লাল মাছের চেহারা বেশি ভালো লাগসে )))))

    • জানি 🙂
      শুভেচ্ছা নিও। অনেক অনেক ধন্যবাদ পোস্ট পড়ার জন্য।

    • Those beautiful compliment coming from a professional master photographer like you means a lot to me. Many thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. aaahaaareee.. ki shundor maach ta re rode puraiya ki korse !! sun screen aasilo na !!!! toy deikha beshi shundor na khaiya beshi moja ta bujhmu kemte !!!!!! plane-er ticket ta shonge post koira dile nahoy kisu ekta koitam …. ….

  3. that’s what i like about your style, apu… so colorful… 🙂

  4. আপু সেইই হইসে…আপনার পরিবেশনার জবাব নাই. 🙂

    • সত্যি নাকি? 🙂
      আমার মেন্টর না থাকলে আমি শ্যাষ ! You know who I’m talking about, right? 🙂

  5. the more I am following you the more I am being mesmerized by your pictures……they are really amazing… u soo much…. ❤ ❤ ❤

    • OMG! Boss-man ! Are you kidding me ! OMG! See how excited and baffled your kind words left me !

      Thanks a billion for your inspiring appearance.

  6. Simply beautiful !!!! and I know the tastes is awesome ! 😀 the dish looks awesomely delicious ! and all the photographs …. my my … those are fabulous !! 😀

  7. প্রকৃতি উজাড় করে বিলিয়েছে তার রঙ আর সেই রঙ নিয়ে খেলার ছলে মনের মতো সাজিয়ে নিয়েছো আপু। সত্যিই অসাধারণ!!

    • কী সুন্দর করে বললে, আপু ! অনেক অনেক শুভেচ্ছা আর ধন্যবাদ সময় করে এখানে এসেছ বলে 🙂

    • My humble, little garden would love to have you over, your sweetness 🙂 Come share my grilling rapture !
      Thanks a ton for stopping by 🙂

  8. ছবি দেখে সন্দিহান হই, রান্নাটা বেশি ভাল হয়েছে, না কি ছবিটা বেশি ভাল হয়েছে। আপুর ছবি মানেই স্পেশাল কিছু!

    • এত্ত সুন্দর করে বললেন, মন ভরে গেল 🙂 ধন্যবাদ ছবিগুলো পছন্দ করার জন্য।

  9. অমানবিক পুরাই! মাঝরাতে এগুলা দেখে খিদায় দুনিয়া আউলে গেল। 😦

  10. WOW! These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for paying me a visit, and I will definitely be coming back to see more of your work.

    • Mint makes everything ‘alright’ 🙂 I’m sure Tilapia would make you equally happy as Snappers.
      Many thanks for coming by.

  11. A story teller,a marvelous photographer & an awesome cook! Suborna pls pls write a cookbook! A book which will teach us through stories !

    • Come on now Shazia, don’t embarrass me ! I’m not at that level yet. But I’m happy to know that you enjoy my silly stuff 🙂

      Many thanks for visiting and dropping your lovely comment. Hugs.

  12. Hi Suborna, thanks for sharing this, it was a great read and lovely photos, love your enthusiasm for your creativity with photography as well as lovely food. Thank you again and keep posting as your posts are always appreciated and very helpful for cooking 🙂

  13. I just love looking at the photographs you take, and mind blowing decoration. I simply admire all of them. জয় হোক তোমার শিল্পকর্মের , শিল্পীর এই আত্মা’র হনন যেন কখনই না হয়… এই প্রার্থনা রইবে !

    • Thanks for your heart-felt prayer ! I’m touched 🙂 And I’m so happy that you like my stuff 🙂 Hugs.

  14. Reading about how you’d literally slaughtered the dead fish, made me green with hunger envy!! And I’m so envious of your luscious garden!! Mine has dead basil, mint and almost dead rosemary.

    Le sigh for black thumbs 😀

    • Quite a few plants died out due to extreme Texan heat. The rest are doing good. Good to know that you are into gardening too 🙂
      Thanks a bunch for taking time in reading, sweetheart 🙂 Hugs. Stay in touch.

  15. Wow , fish looks so yummy , wish i were there to taste it .

  16. Beautifully said Nusrat..!! Ur words make ur presentation even more appealing mashAllah..!! I would be trying ur recipe very soon, also it looks like gardening is one of ur many talents…:)

    • To be honest, gardening/cooking doesn’t need ‘talent’. A little passion does the magic 🙂
      Thank you so very much for your kind, nice, beautiful words. Love.

  17. আপনার লেখা, ছবি সব মিলিয়ে একেবারে ফাটাফাটি–খুব ভাল লাগল–যদিও খানা-খাদ্যের ছবি দেখলে কিঞ্চিত মন খারাপ হয়–তারপরেও ভাল লাগল—

    • ভাল লাগা জানিয়ে যাবার জন্য অজস্র ধন্যবাদ 🙂 সময় নিয়ে পোস্ট পড়েছেন বলে অনেক কৃতজ্ঞতা 🙂

    • This is the first time in my life I gutted and cleaned a whole fish ! Not gonna do it again unless I have to.

      Thanks, love, for taking time in checking out the post.

  18. Too many herbs are always the right amount. 😉 I love red snapper – great recipe. Super pictures (isn’t it so much fun taking flower pictures?) and great writing. All around good post – thanks so uch.

    • Thanks a ton for such HUGE compliment ! Your lovely presence always makes my day, John 🙂
      Yes, I’m obsessed with flowers and fish 😀

  19. Brilliant piece!! Isn’t this great to have a neighbour and friend like Sheila who can provide such wonderful suggestions in her soft voice to soothe one’s depressed soul? I love the pictures of the flowers!! And how I feel like having a grilled snapper filled with fresh herbs for my lunch today!!

    • Sometime soon I’ll grill you a Snapper following exactly this recipe 🙂
      Thanks a million for your lovely words, as always 🙂

  20. apuu , apnar sobkichui 100% perfect…. gold eo khut naki ki jani bole thake bt apnar moddhe nai :p , MashAllah kono dik diye kom na…..pic gula to world class agei bolsi…… apnr tola pic dekla r next jete iccha kore na akta dekhei takai thaki, inspiring onk apnar photo, keep up the good works….and btw thanks for sharing the recipe it will help me :p cause apni to ranna kore den sobai khai lucky apnar basar jon, amr to akane keo nai lol you rock big time \m/

  21. What a wonderful woman and how lucky you are to have taken the time to get to know her. Many would have ignored her. Red snapper was my Dad’s favorite fish. He usually grilled it, too. We dont see it much around here any more. It’s a shame because it is a very flavorful fish and you certainly grilled it perfectly.

    • Move to Texas; you’ll find truckload of Red Snappers in Asian groceries and they are fresh !
      I’m blessed to have several awfully nice folks around 🙂
      And I’m happy to have you come by. Many thanks for your lovely words.

  22. Very clean and attractive photo. Wonderful art of mind.

  23. Nusrat, u r an excellent writer, a mind blowing photographer, a super excellent cook & a wonderful gardener! Enjoy your posts very much!! keep it up!!!

  24. আপু আপনার মাছের ঝুড়ি টাও দারূণ। মনে হচ্ছে এই মাত্র মাছ টা ধরে ঝুড়ি তে করে নিয়ে আসলেন 😀
    সব মিলায়ে দারূণ 🙂

    • ধরে আনা মাত্রই ঝুড়িতে ভরে ছবি তুলেছি তো 🙂 খুব খুশি হয়েছি সময় নিয়ে পোস্ট পড়েছ বলে 🙂

  25. I was in a really bad mood today. This mr. Red snappy and the described story made me a bit relax 🙂 grilled snappy looks yum!

    • Glad to know that my post made your mood ‘almost-ok’ 🙂 Thanks for taking time in reading, sweety. Hugs.

  26. one of the best ‘Lady’ photographer and chief i hav eva seen,just mesmerising ❤ ❤ ❤

  27. Love the colorful plate! The fish looks delicious! Loved reading the post:)

  28. আমার কাছে লেখা পড়তেই বেশি ভাল লেগেছে। মাছ তো খাই না। মাছ গন্ধ লাগে 😛 তুমি এতো সুন্দর করে লিখো আপু ❤

    আমাকে একটু মাছের গন্ধ দূর করার বুদ্ধি শিখিয়ে দিও তো! বর মাছ খেতে খুব পছন্দ করে আর আমি হাত দিয়ে ধরতেই পারি না। কী যে মুশকিল!

    পোষ্ট অসাধারণ সুন্দর হয়েছে। ❤

    • অনেক অনেক ধন্যবাদ !
      মাছ থেকে আঁশটে গন্ধ সরাতে প্রচুর লেবু, সুগন্ধী লতা-পাতার-গুল্ম দিয়ে রান্না করবে। এইতো 🙂

  29. So colorful,lively & very well taken picture with a wonderful decoration! Its just ease my eyes to look on those pictures 🙂 Idk how delicious the dish would be! I must ve to try this dish asap. Cheers!

  30. I am Sure There Is Something special In Your Hand…………and i illusion your form and your hands………………….

  31. Your neighbor sounds like a very wonderful inspiring lady. We all need a next door neighbor like that to get us back on our feet. I am certainly glad you like gardening and photography as the two of them together are just a perfect match. Your photos are just breath taking and I would love to try that amazing whole grilled red snapper with herbs. Have a super weekend. BAM

    • Hey sweetheart, thanks a billion for all those kind, lovely words! You made my day 🙂
      Have yourself fun weekend, BAM 🙂

  32. অনেক সুন্দর লেখা আপু… ছবিগুলো তো অসাধারণ!!… কয়েকটা ছবি তো আগেই দেখেছি আপনার ফেসবুক পোস্ট-এ… খুব সুন্দর… 🙂

  33. This is an unknown fish to me, so I do not know how the taste will be. But no matter how much it will appeal to the taste buds, the photos surely are very pleasant to the eyes! To tell you the truth, the herbs may fall a little behind on my curry tasting tongue in compare to the gorgeous looks of the fish. And kudos to your photography, it will always make the viewer hungry! 🙂
    Just one point, may be it is just me, but the photo of the uncooked fish with the herbs on top looked more harmonious in landscape mode, than the portrait (current) one.
    I would say, keep up the good work, but then again, you already know that! 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind, lovely, soft words and the insightful ‘landscape’ advice 🙂
      Many thanks for taking time in reading and composing your comment. Love 🙂

  34. Splendid colorful picture and easy way of making fish looks so delicious. Love all your pictures. Would love to try the fish too. ^-^

  35. আপু ফ্রাইড মাছ আমি ভীষণ পছন্দ করি। আপনার রুচিশীল শৈল্পিক সজ্জায় মাছের পরিবেশনা ও আবহে মুগ্ধ! আপনি রাধুনীশিল্পকলায় পৃথিবী জয় করবেন এ আমি বিশ‌্বাস করি!

    • That is a HUGE compliment, Poet 🙂 I’m touched and flattered !
      Thanks a million for taking time in reading the post. Love.

  36. “Fish, to taste right must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine”, so says the chef. Suborna being a health conscious and a religious person, has substituted butter for olive oil and wine for lemon juice! I’m sure it tastes better that way! The decor of herbs and vegetables make it as pretty as palatable!
    Bon appetit to those having the luck and luxury of relishing the red snapper grilled golden brown! 🙂

    • Well said, Wali, as always 🙂 You’re a wizard of words. Many thanks for your kind, sweet, lovely words. I sure will grill some fish for you when I’ll see you 🙂

  37. Beautiful, Nusrat! Delicious grilled fish with a combination of herbs and spices….presented with a delicate outdoor setting! 🙂

  38. এক্কেবারে সেইরম ছবি সব!! Thumbs Up!! 😀

  39. রেড স্ন্যাপারটা পুরাই একটা লাল টুকটুকে বউ ^_^

    • Thank you, your highness 🙂 I’m flattered to have your presence here 🙂

      Sheila is all mine. She is taken, I’m afraid. LOL

  40. Lovely story and great photos, as usual, feeling hungry even though I am full, apart from this whatever I planned to say you, thats already been said on those comments. 😐

    Carry on My Sweet Big Apu ❤

  41. এত সুন্দর বর্ণনা! আমিতো ইংরেজী কেন, বাংলাতেও সেই অনুভূতি প্রকাশ করতে পারবনা।

    পড়তে পড়তে আর একটার পর একটা ছবি দেখতে দেখতে মনে হচ্ছিল কখন রান্না হবে, কখন রান্না হবে। তার পর রান্না হলো, ভার্চুয়ালি খাওয়াও হল।

    শেষের লাইনটি মজার এবং সত্যিও বটে!

    সবকিছু মিলিয়ে অসাধারণ। ভালো লাগছে এরকম প্রতিভা দেখে।

    • অনেক খুশি হয়েছি, অভিভূত হয়েছি আপনি আমার পোস্ট পড়েছেন বলে 🙂 ধন্যবাদ নিন মন-কাড়া এই মন্তব্যের জন্য।
      শুভেচ্ছা ।

  42. I am loving every bit of the post…recipe, photos, story…everything…a new visitor who turned fan of your food pictures……Lovely space…keep rocking….

    • How incredibly sweet of you, Lubna ! Thanks a ton for visiting and liking. I’m happy to have you here. And stay in touch, please.

  43. You made fantastic surroundings before grill a fish. You gone through step by step to an amazing approach of creation.

    Red Snappers are always heartbreaking before cooking them.

    Using fresh mint parsley and thyme leaves will take you to high.

    Drop of lemon juice over it? Will kill your dream and drop you back to dinner table while you bite first.

    Ahh….. and light touch of garlic essence will make me cool.

    You made it wonderful but don’t make it too dry looking next time at least before take a snapshot of it. Keep going dear. Really feeling very hungry.

    • Thank you for your cute compliment 🙂 Loads of thanks for reading the post. Take care of your precious self.

  44. Superb recipe, magnificent ending, and heavenly photos! ‘It’s a fish’, says my little one. If only he knew it’s a fish with a whale of a difference! May God bless you, Suborna!

    • OMG! Rehnuma-d-scholar was here and dropped a mighty nice compliment ! Me happyyyyyyyyyy 🙂
      Thanks, love.
      Stay in touch, please.

    • Easy recipes are always lovable, aren’t they? Thanks a million for your kind compliment, sweety. Hugs.

  45. It’s always nice to have wonderful neighbours and especially such wise ones. Your photos of the snapper are gorgeous! The best snapper I had was grilled and it was in Athens by the sea. I can’t seem to forget that fish.
    You did an awesome job here though. Looks wonderful.


    • How nice of you, Nazneen ! Many thanks for stopping by here. I love your gorgeous, versatile food photos too.

  46. It’s a blessing to have someone that sweet around you in tough times. And she grills fish to perfection. Life is beautiful instantly 🙂

  47. This reminds me of the most delicious fish I ate in a Thai restaurant. And how nice it is to have someone by your side during those ugly days. I envy you 🙂

    • A lot of people envy me which kinda make me happy 🙂 It’s a blessing to have surrounded by good friends. And thanks a bunch, Radhika, for reading my post. Love.

  48. Your beautiful pictures tell a story all by themselves and then to top it you are a wonderful story teller. Words weaved into beautiful photos . Landed here from chef at large and what a wonderful treat your blog is.

    • Thanks you so very much for your sweet, lovely compliment ! I’m happy to have you come by. Lotsa love and hugs 🙂

  49. Lovely ingredients- so fresh and delicious indeed!

  50. I haven’t had red snapper in years but I’m reminded that I just loved it. I doubt it ever looked this beautiful though! Beautiful fish; equally beautiful images.

  51. What a beautiful recipe. I always love simple cooking that retains the flavour of the ingredients. I’ve never thought of cooking snapper in this way. Don’t have a grill but I will try broiling it. 🙂

    • Bake it first and broil it in last ten minutes 🙂
      I’m sooooooo happy that YOU came to visit my blog. Please stay in touch and God bless.

      • Great to meet you too! Your blog is lovely and thanks for the tip. I’ll try that out. 🙂

  52. Your post cracked me up! The fantasy of revenge, how lucky you are to have a neighbor that will keep defused and maybe out of jail? I agree about gardening, it’s a soul cleanser. You’ve really out done yourself with your photography, I’m in awe!

  53. Wow! Such a great recipe and spectacular photography! Thanks so much for dropping by SBD. Now that I know about your blog, I’ll be back again to explore… a lot!!

  54. Beautiful! Delicious! Fish have never looked as good as they do on your plate! It looks so mouthwatering I could jump into the screen for a bite. You are a true talent MashAllah 🙂 And the story is heartwarming – we all need a Ms. Sheila Brown in our lives, to calm us down and cook up a snapper when it gets too crazy. Thanks for sharing your story! For the read and the lovely dish alongside it!

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