Broiled red snapper with pesto vinaigrette

Total Time
16 min
6 min
10 min
Consider this a super-easy meal that is perfect for entertaining. It comes together in mere minutes. Be sure to use the freshest fish you can find. If red snapper isn't available, try sea bass, branzino, flounder, or whiting. Lining the broiler pan with foil and then lightly spraying the foil with non-stick spray will make cleanup a cinch. Store-bought pesto is a bottled convenience that adds uncommon flavor. The vinegar adds a nice dose of acidity to cut through the richness of the fish.


Veracruz-style red snapper

20 oz, (4 – 5-ounce) skinless

Uncooked zucchini

1 medium, cut into 4 lengthwise slices


3 oz, head, cut into 8 wedges

Red onion

½ medium, cut into 4 (1⁄4-inch-thick) rounds

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Store-bought pesto sauce

3 Tbsp

Balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp


  1. Spray the broiler rack with nonstick spray; preheat the broiler. Lightly spray both sides of the snapper, zucchini, radicchio, and onion with nonstick spray, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  2. Place the snapper, zucchini, and onion on the broiler rack; broil 4 inches from the heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Turn the snapper, zucchini, and onion and add the radicchio to the broiler rack; broil 4 inches from the heat until the fish is just opaque in the center, the zucchini and onion are tender, and the radicchio is slightly wilted, about 4 minutes longer.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the pesto and vinegar in a small bowl. Arrange the fish and vegetables on a large platter. Drizzle with the pesto and serve at once. Yields 1 fish fillet, 1⁄4 of vegetables, and 1 tablespoon pesto per serving.