Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Coconut Thai Mangrove Snapper

Snapper Coconut Curry. PHOTO BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

Snapper Coconut Curry. PHOTO BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

Capt. Pete Rapps

This recipe makes a sweet and fresh Thai/American dish that is sure to impress! This version is not authentic Thai because I use simple ingredients that can be purchased at just about any major grocery store. True Thai would require you to shop at an Asian market. You can substitute the Mangrove Snapper with any fish or shellfish of your preference. I love to make it with shrimp too!


  • 1 lb Snapper fillets
  • One each: Green, Red, and Yellow peppers
  • 1 Large sweet onion
  • 1 Cup sugar snap peas
  • ½ Cup chopped scallions
  • 2 TBS Olive oil
  • 2 Cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 TBS Captain Rapps Estero Ginga Ninja Seasoning
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 TBS fish sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 to 4 tsp Green Curry (depending on what heat level you desire)
  • 2 TBS Corn Starch mixed with ½ cup cold water
  • 1 TBS Peanut butter
  • Sushi Rice


Cook peppers, onion, peas, and scallions with 2 TBS olive oil in a large pot for 5-10 minutes just until the veggies begin to soften a little. Now add the coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, curry paste to taste, corn starch & water mix, and peanut butter. Cook on medium for about 10 more minutes.

In a small bowl, combine Panko bread crumbs with 1 TBS Captain Rapps Estero Ginga Ninja Seasoning. In another small bowl, scramble 2 eggs. Dip the fillets in the eggs, then coat with the bread crumb mix. Transfer to grill and cook fillets on medium heat for about 10 minutes per side, or just until the fish flakes.

Serve in soup bowls over sushi rice. Garnish with fresh avocado slices for an extra perk!

Capt Rapps has been fishing the Chokoloskee area for just over 20 years. He offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the Everglades National Park, and is happy to accommodate anyone from men, women, & children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Pete is extremely patient and loves to teach. You can book a charter right online 24/7. See his online availability calendar, booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and first class web site at or call 239-571-1756.


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