Red Snapper with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Red Snapper with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Recipe Rating: 3.59425
Serves 2
Pumpkin seed pesto, featuring roasted pumpkin seeds, olive oil, cilantro and garlic, is a versatile sauce for your repertoire. Use leftover pumpkin seed pesto as a spread on sandwiches, tossed with pasta or served over vegetables.
  • Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  • 2 cups unsalted hulled (green) pumpkin seeds
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Red Snapper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets
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For the pesto, preheat the oven to 375°F. Toss pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sea salt. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes until seeds are puffed and fragrant. Transfer to a plate and cool.

Combine cooled seeds in a food processor with 1/4 cup water, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro and remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

For the red snapper, increase oven temperature to 400°F. In a small skillet cook butter over moderate heat until it begins to brown. Stir in garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in lime juice, lime zest and cilantro.

Put fish fillets in a baking dish. Brush fillets with butter-garlic mixture. Season fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Bake fillets until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. Serve with pumpkin seed pesto.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 420 calories (240 from fat), 27g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 3g carbohydrates, 39g protein.
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