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Red Snapper Cancato Style with Chorizo-Tomato Salsa

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6 servings

Serve up your next red snapper like they do in Chile—cancato-style—grilled whole and served with homemade chorizo-tomato salsa.

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  • Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Score fish on both sides with shallow cross-cuts; place on large sheet of nonstick foil. Coarsely chop 6 garlic cloves; place inside fish cavity. Chop remaining garlic. Blend half of the remaining chopped garlic and 1/3 cup steak sauce in blender until smooth. Add 1 cup parsley; blend until smooth. Spread prepared sauce evenly on both sides of fish. Place fish (still on sheet of foil) on grate of grill; cover with lid.
  • Grill 25 to 30 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning after 15 min. Meanwhile, cook chorizo in medium skillet on medium heat 5 min. or until done, stirring occasionally. Remove chorizo from skillet, drain. Add remaining chopped garlic to skillet; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in tomatoes; cook 3 min., stirring occasionally. Return chorizo to skillet. Add remaining steak sauce and parsley; mix well.
  • Transfer fish to serving plate; top with the chorizo mixture and cheese.

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Food Facts

The name "cancato" comes from the indigenous Indian word for grilling. In Chile, this recipe is typically prepared with a whole fish that is opened like a book, topped with the chorizo, cheese and garlic mixture, then grilled flat.

How to Substitute Regular Heavy-Duty Foil for Nonstick Foil

If you don't have nonstick foil, you can use regular heavy-duty foil instead. Just spray with cooking spray or brush lightly with canola or vegetable oil before using as directed.


  • 6 servings

Healthy Living

  • Low calorie
  • Good source of vitamin A or C
  • Generally Nutritious
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  • Carb Choices: 1 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 1 Vegetable
  • 1/2 Carbohydrate
  • 5 Meat (L)
  • 1 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

Fire up the grill! This tasty low-calorie main-dish helps you get more fish into your diet and helps your family eat right. Plus the parsley teams up with the tomatoes for a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin C.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings
Calories 300
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 780mg
Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 50 %DV
Vitamin C 35 %DV
Calcium 15 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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