How to Eat a 12lb Sardinian Snapper

A few nights ago we were invited to a friend’s birthday celebration. With all celebrations in Sardinia the food was endless, and well, big.

On the table before us sat a beautiful 12 pound Sardinian Snapper. In Italian this fish is appropriately called dentice, the root of the word denti means teeth, and this snapper was full of them.

Sardinian Red Snapper - Dentice

Never in my life have I seen a fish so big and never in my life had I partaken in eating a fish this size.

Dentice or snapper are known for their peculiar large teeth and massive heads. The body is tall, broad and compressed. The dorsal fin is pinkish in colour. Dentice can reach one meter in length and weigh up to 26 pounds or 12 kilos. Their delicate sweet meat is top choice for fish-eating lovers.

Oven Baked Sardinian Dentice

Dentice are found swimming in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and in the Eastern Atlantic. They are jam-packed with proteins and oodles of vitamin A.

There are plenty of ways to cook this type of fish: grilled, steamed, broiled, poached or fried.

This fish was oven baked with potatoes, tomatoes, lemon and black olives. Once the cavity is gutted, they placed garlic, salt, parsley, basil and lemon inside the cavity. The scales are left on to aid with moisture retention while cooking.

Sardinian Red Snapper

Still wondering how to eat a 12 pound Sardinian Snapper?

Just dig in, and enjoy.

Have you ever see or eaten a fish this size? Tell me your fish story.

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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18 Responses to How to Eat a 12lb Sardinian Snapper

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    My father used to go fishing every weekend when I was growing up. We loved at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. He used to catch huge snapper, but they were a bit different. They were reef fish. We had a barbecue on the beach every Sunday afternoon and cooked whatever fish had been caught. I still love snapper.

  2. arosmannen says:

    What a great fish and i guess a great meal to 🙂

  3. Jo Bryant says:

    that photo of the teeth is kind of scary

  4. I am a committed fish eater. I love it. My last meal will be fish ‘n’ chips ( I am English). This meal looks like heaven to me. I would have just loved it. Next time I’m Med-travelling I’m going to look out for this. 🙂

  5. TBM says:

    That is huge. The face was intimidating.

  6. The Hook says:

    Great title! Those shots creep me out though…

  7. loca4motion says:

    Great photos, they make my mouth water! I love fish dishes!

  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Great post! The snapper looks delicious! How long have you lived on Italy?

  9. JR says:

    “How to Eat a 12lb Sardinian Snapper?” Easy….one bite at a time. : )

  10. Gian Banchero says:

    Sunday, November 27th
    I just found your site today to which I have subscribed… I know so little about Sardinia so I’m excited to learn more, though I just bought a Sardinian cookbook which is allowing me to understand your people (and delicious food!!) much better. Thanks for your wonderful site, I’m looking forward to being educated about your island.

  11. Something’s fishy about this post. Can’t put my finger on what.

  12. Team Oyeniyi says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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