Dinner in Minutes

Fish with pumpkin creates a taste of fall in fewer than 15 minutes

Stove to table in 15 minutes: Caramelized snapper with sweet pumpkin purée is a comforting autumn dish that can be prepared in minutes.
Stove to table in 15 minutes: Caramelized snapper with sweet pumpkin purée is a comforting autumn dish that can be prepared in minutes. Miami Herald staff

Here’s an autumn dinner that takes only 15 minutes to make.

Fresh snapper coated in brown sugar cooks in 6 to 7 minutes. The secret is to keep the flame low so that the sugar creates a sauce.

The general rule for cooking fish is 10 minutes per inch of thickness. I like to cook the fish for 8 minutes instead. Fish will continue to cook in its own heat when removed from the stove.

Pecans and brown sugar are mixed with pumpkin to make a sweet pumpkin puree. Open a bag of ready-to-eat salad to complete the meal.

Helpful Hints

▪ Any type of non-oily fish can be used such as tilapia, sole or flounder.

▪ For added flavor, toast the pecans in a toaster oven or under a broiler for a few minutes.

Countdown

▪ Season snapper and set aside.

▪ Prepare Sweet Pumpkin Purée.

▪ Sauté snapper.

Beer

Fred Tasker’s suggestion: This is the season for pumpkin-flavored ale. It would be perfect with this dish.

Evan Benn’s suggestion: Wise choice, Fred. Look for Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager.

SHOPPING LIST

To buy: 3/4 pound snapper fillet, 1 package dark brown sugar, 1 can pumpkin, 1 package broken pecans and 1 bunch fresh parsley.

Staples: Canola oil, salt and black peppercorns.

Find more of Linda Gassenheimer’s recipes on her website, dinnerinminutes.com, and follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.

Main dish

Caramelized Snapper

3/4 pound snapper fillet

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons canola oil

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Season snapper with salt and pepper. Spread brown sugar on a plate and press grouper into the sugar. Let sit while side dish is prepared.

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add snapper and sauté 3 minutes. Turn and sauté 3 minutes. Lower heat if sugar is burning. Remove to two dinner plates and spoon the pan juices on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 260 calories (23 percent from fat), 6.8g fat (0.8g saturated, 3.8g monounsaturated), 60mg cholesterol, 34.9g protein, 13.5g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 111mg sodium.

Side dish

Sweet pumpkin purée

2 cups canned pumpkin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

6 tablespoons broken pecans

Spoon pumpkin into a small saucepan. Heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring to warm pumpkin. Add the brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle pecans on top and serve with snapper. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 274 calories (50 percent from fat), 15.2 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 8.3 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 4.6 g protein, 36.2 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber, 15 mg sodium.

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