Snapper – Saddletail

Saddletail Snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus)

Photograph by Ross Daley & Thor Carter

Where Caught

· Found

· Found and caught

Most Saddletail Snapper have superb white flesh and a delicate, yet generous, flavour. They can be prepared in a wide range of ways including grilling, poaching, deep frying, shallow frying, baking and steaming.

Simple pan-frying allows for a range of different flavours and textures to be utilised. Saddletail Snapper are often large, but the smaller fish are excellent baked whole (gilled and gutted).

Lay fillets on a bed of leeks and fennel with a small amount of fish stock. Cover and bake until just cooked. Keep the fish warm while the leeks, fennel and stock are pureed. Heat this gently and blend in creme fraiche. Season to taste and pour over or under sea perch fillets and add a few roasted cashews.

Flavour Mild

Oiliness Low

Moisture Moist

Texture Firm, Flaky

Flesh Colour White to dark pink

Thickness Medium fillets, but larger fish are often cut into thick steaks

Bones Some pin bones, but these are large and easily removed

Price Saddletail are medium-priced finfish.

Suggested Wines

A range of wines can be served with snapper, including Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc blends.

Nutrition Facts

per 100g of raw product

Kilojoules

na

Cholesterol

21mg

Sodium

na

Total fat (oil)

0.4g

Saturated fat

31% of total fat

Monounsaturated fat

16% of total fat

Polyunsaturated fat

53% of total fat

Omega-3, EPA

11mg

Omega-3, DHA

117mg

Omega-6, AA

38mg

Cooking Ideas

Bake

Poach

Deep Fry

Grill

Barbecue

Raw

Shallow Fry

Smoke

Steam/microwave

IMPORTANT FEATURES

Obsolete Names: Saddletail Seaperch; Large Mouth Nannygai; Large-Mouthed Nannygai; Malabar Blood Snapper; Nannygai; Red Bass; Red Bream; Red Emperor; Red Jaw; Red Jew; Red Snapper; Ruby Emperor; Saddle Tail Sea Perch; Saddletail; Saddletail Sea Perch; Scarlet Sea Perch; Scarlett Sea Perch; Scarlett Seaperch; Scarlett Sea-Perch; Seaperch

When caught Year round

Wild/Farmed Wild, Some species, such as golden snapper (Lutjanus johnii), show potential for aquaculture.

Habitat Saltwater and estuarine, Often caught near reefs, but some species more common on offshore trawling grounds

Recovery Rate Fillets: 38% from whole saddletail

Saddletail snapper research

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Common size >70cm