I am not a fisherman but I love fresh fish. Therefore, some of the best words I can ever hear are when a friend of mine calls to tell me he has an abundance of fish that he just caught and he is offering me the chance to have some.

I received such a call a few days ago and upon getting the news that some delicious Red Snapper would be heading to my house I placed a call to my kitchen confidant, Chef Jill McCoy. I asked Chef Jill to give me a recipe for the fish that would be easy, healthy, and not keep me hovering over the sink scrubbing grills or pans.

The recipe she returned with satisfies all three of my request. The flavor combination of the flaky fresh fish with the red ripe tomato is absolutely to die for. The fennel adds a depth of flavor that will have your dining companions wondering what kind of witchcraft you perform in the kitchen. There is also that great essence of lemon. Fish with lemon is an unbeatable combination.

Another little trick that our chef friend taught us that makes this recipe even more appealing is the use of parchment paper. Most of us have no idea what that is and we only see it on cooking shows but it can save you a ton of time in post cooking cleanup. You might be familiar with the concept of cooking in bags? The parchment paper allows you to basically cover the surface of your baking pan making stuck on bits of fish, tomato, or anything else a thing of the past.

Here is another great reason to try this recipe. Fish is good for you. Fish cooked in this manner is even better for you. Fish and vegetables taste delicious and the health benefits you get from eating them will make your waistline a lot smaller.


**Jill McCoy is a former announcer at 97.3 The Dawg who has turned her focus to cooking. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. She is currently employed in the kitchen of an international hotel in Austin Texas. Jill also maintains her own food and lifestyle blog, Salt and Pepper 2 Taste. Her blog work has been recognized by the Austin Texas Food Blogger Alliance.   She is a regular contributor to 97.3 The Dawg every Friday**


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