Make a statement by serving up a whole fish!Â Not only does a whole fish make a fabulous presentation entrÃ©e, but is extremely easy to make!Â Donâ€™t be afraid of making one â€“ it wonâ€™t bite you!Â When the fish is left whole it comes out delectably tender and moist without much effort on your part.Â When selecting a whole fish, look for one that has bright clear eyes and doesnâ€™t smell fishy. See raw fish below that Chad is having fun playing with!Â Get your kids involved in the kitchen they are more likely to eat it if they are a part of the process. Only involve them in age appropriate tasks.Â When ready to eat the fish, simply unfold it like a book and remove the stuffing.Â There will be bones so be careful when serving to kids.Â The bones are quite easy to see so donâ€™t be afraid also let them have a treasure hunt by removing the bones in their piece of fish â€“ strictly supervised by an adult as well.
I am featuring two versions using Red Snapper, but you can use most any whole fish. One is Latina style with cilantro, limes and avocados and the other takes on a Spring flare with Spring inspired ingredients.
Chad having fun playing with his food!Â Be careful when letting your children play with a whole fish because the fins and tail can be sharp not to mention the teeth if they stick their fingers in the fishâ€™s mouth.Â I did â€œmake him/her talkâ€ while my boys gently touched the teeth.Â They were more interested in the eyes though and you should be too â€“ it is key in selecting a fish as described above!