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    ALSO KNOWN AS:
    Snapper, Genuine red snapper, American reds,
    Spot snapper



    Many fish that are red are passed off as red snapper in the marketplace, but the only species that
    can be legally labeled red snapper is the American red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus. Red
    snapper have trademark red skin and red eyes and come from domestic fisheries in the Gulf of
    Mexico and South Atlantic and are also imported from Mexico. To aid in identification, domestic
    American red snapper is almost always sold with the skin on. Beware of “snapper” sold on the
    West Coast; it could actually be rockfish, which has a completely different taste and texture.

    Red snapper is lean and moist, with a sweetly mild but distinctive flavor. The semi-firm meat is
    pinkish with yellow tones when raw and turns somewhat lighter when cooked.

    SEASONAL AVAILABILITY
    U.S. caught red snapper is available frozen year-round and available fresh July through
    September (although this varies by year). We also import fresh snapper year-round from Mexico,
    which doesn’t have a fishing season.

    NUTRITION
    Snapper is low in saturated fat and sodium and is a very good source of protein.



























Red Snapper: Lutjanus
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