Snapper on the Bbq

Bbq Snapper for Lunch

Bbq Snapper for Lunch

Today’s Samoa episode is set to inspire you in many ways!  We think viewers might be inspired to try a few different things on the BBQ, especially now as the days grow longer.

Certainly Joe Lam’s gorgeous looking (and tasting) BBQ snapper dish had us all itching to pull out the barbie to cook snapper his way… Now it’s your turn, here’s Joe’s recipe for you:

Recipe courtesy of Joe Lam from Scalini’s Restaurant, Moto’otua, Samoa

1kg snapper fillet scaled but with skin on
1 avocado peeled, deseeded
1 large vine ripe tomato
½of a medium Lebanese cucumber peeled and deseeded
1 small red onion peeled and sliced thinly
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 large lime
2 tlbsp of organic Samoan avocado oil
¼ of a cup of crushed roasted Lopa seeds… (Substitute: roasted macadamias)
A handful of fresh coriander
Sea salt
Black Pepper
Hot Bbq or char grill


1. Dice the avocado, tomato and the cucumber into med sizes chunks and place in a bowl
2. Add the sliced onion, and the garlic
3. Refrigerate until the fish on the bbq is turned over then we will finish preparing it.


1. Rub half the avocado oil on the snapper
2. Season generously with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
3. Place the fish on the hot grill skin side down first and cooked for about 7 to 10 mins
4. Be careful not to burn the skin
5. Using large spatulas, turn the fish over and cook for a further 7 to 10 mins or until it is cooked.(

firm to the touch…do not overcook)
6. In the mean time finish preparing the salad while this side is cooking
7. When cooked , remove the fish from the bbq and serve immediately


Dress the salad with a tablespoon or 2 of avocado oil, the juice of the lime and season well with salt and pepper
Place the salad on a serving platter
Place the fish on the salad
Sprinkle the nuts on and drizzle with some more avocado oil and serve with fresh coriander and lime wedges

Bbq Snapper

Bbq Snapper

Joe and his wife Amanda, own and run Scalinis Restaurant in Moto’otua, which is just out of Apia.  Check it out when you’re in

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