Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil

Written by Brian Strauss.

Red Snapper with Roasted Grape tomatosSnapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic
and Basil
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch or two red pepper flakes (to taste)
Kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, tear or cut with scissors
4 (6-ounce) snapper fillets, with skin
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, position rack in the middle of the oven.
Toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, pepper flakes, and salt, to taste. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast until the tomatoes get juicy, about 15 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and toss with the basil.
Dry the fish very well all over. To keep the fish from curling in the pan, lightly slash a cross-hatch pattern into the skin of the fish with a sharp knife. Brush the rounded flesh side of the fish with the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the fish, seasoned side down, in the oil, and cook undisturbed over high heat, until the fish turns both opaque along the edges and golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the snapper and turn off the heat and let the fish cook in the residual heat of the pan until the fillets are firm but still juicy, about 1 minute more.
Top with the tomatoes
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