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Mar 1, 2010 08:05 AM

Smoked red snapper

My gastronomically precocious son has requested some for his 16th...cannot find any online, despite my best Googling efforts.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Would it be within the bounds of possibility to smoke it myself (considering I don't happen to have a large smoker in the garden...)

Any tips warmly welcomed.

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  1. Oh, and just to say, am in the UK. Found some places in the Caribbean who do it but they don't ship.

    1. You can smoke it yourself, there are a few ways to do it even if you don't have a giant smoker. First, if you have a grill, you can smoke it using indirect heat.

      Then, there's always smoking it on the stovetop using a makeshift smoker consisting of two pans and a rack or steamer basket. I used to work in a restaurant where one of the cooks used this method to smoke fish. He used a full sized deep hotel pan, which he filled with soaked wood chips. On top of that, he placed a full sized steam pan where he put the fish. He covered it with an inverted full hotel pan and put it across two burners on low temp until it was done. As long as you have a couple of pans and something to keep the fish off the wood chips, you can use this method successfully. The only thing is that the pan holding the wood chips should be an old pan that you don't care if it gets charred on the inside.

      Lastly, there are smoker bags on the market that you can use to get the smoky flavor you want without actually dragging out a smoker. I won some of these in a recipe contest and they work well. They have different ones for fish, poultry and pork. You can use them on the grill or in your oven. Here's a link for more info: also has them and some customer reviews: