Recipe: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Tacos with Mango Pico De Gallo

Recipe: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Taco with Mango Pico de Gallo
Recipe: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Taco with Mango Pico de Gallo

Are you lucky enough to have fresh-caught mangrove snapper and looking for a recipe to prepare it? I LOVE fish tacos and I could not wait to cook up a batch with fresh mangrove snapper caught during my July fishing charter with Capt. Rachael Reynolds of R&R Charters in Daytona Beach. 
RECIPE: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Tacos with Mango Pico De Gallo

Here’s what you’ll need:

The Mango Pico De Gallo (adjust to taste)
1 Tomato, diced
1 Mango, diced
1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Jalapeno
1 Tbsp Cilantro (fresh or I like it from a tube)

The Fish
2 – 3 Mangrove Snapper Fillets
3 – 4 Tbsp Blackened Seasoning (you can make your own or use your favorite)
2 Whole Romaine Lettuce Leaves, clean and patted dry (I use these vs. tortillas)
Lime (real or essential oil)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Prepare the Mango Pico De Gallo
Combined tomato, mango, onion, jalapeno and cilantro together then set aside (in fact, make it the night prior and let it set in the refrigerator to enhance the flavors).

Prepare the Fish
In a medium skillet (I prefer a cast iron skillet), heat the olive oil.
Slice the fillets into 1″ strips.
Place blackened seasoning in a bowl and roll the mangrove snapper fillets in the seasoning.
Pan-fry in the skillet until the fish are a nice white, flakey texture.

Place two to three strips in a romaine lettuce leaf, like a taco.
Squeeze fresh lime or a drop or two of lime essential oil on the fish.
Top with the mango pico de gallo.


How do you like to prepare your fresh catch?



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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