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Snapper, American Red

FDA states that only American Red Snapper can be legally shipped interstate bearing the authentic red snapper label. The term red snapper has been used to describe almost any fish that is red. There are also many other fish marketed as “snapper” so the buyer must be aware. The red snapper has large dog-like teeth, which gives it the “snapper name”. It is found from North Carolina along the coast of the United States through Texas and to the Campeche Bank off Mexico. Red snapper has a pinkish meat that is lean, moist and sweet with a mild although distinctive flavor. It should be cooked with the skin on to help keep in moisture. Red snapper should also not curl when it is cooked, which is a beneficial characteristic for chefs. In the state of Florida it is illegal to sell red snapper with the skin removed for identification purposes.


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