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Braised Snapper with Celery

Even though this recipe takes 30 minutes, it takes only 10 minutes to prepare it for cooking. It is an interesting combination of flavors, incredibly easy, and good tasting. Our Healthy Sauté method combined with stove top braising is a healthier way of cooking that does not use heated oils.

Braised Snapper with Celery Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 medium onion cut in half and sliced thick
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 cups celery cut diagonally about 1 inch long
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup green olives cut in fourths
½ cup + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable stock
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1½ lbs snapper cut into 2 inch pieces
pinch red chili flakes
salt and black pepper to taste
2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 10-12 inch skillet. Healthy Sauté chopped onion in broth over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, celery and sauté for another minute. Add drained diced tomatoes, green olives and broth. Stir, cover, and simmer on medium low for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until celery is tender.
  3. Place snapper, lemon, salt, pepper, chili flakes, on top of celery and continue to simmer covered for another 5 minutes, or until fish is cooked. This is our Stovetop Braising cooking method. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

    Serves 4

    Serving Suggestions:
    Serve with

    • Rice

Healthy Cooking Tips: When cutting and cooking snapper for dishes such as this it is best to buy filets that are thick cut. Do not use thin pieces because they will fall apart. Make sure the celery is not cut too small. It is a dominant vegetable in this recipe, and should be cut into 1inch pieces for best flavor. Also, the onion should be sliced approximately ¼ inch thick. This will keep them from disappearing into the dish. Depending on the temperature of your stove, you may want to simmer on medium low, or low. This should be a strong bubbling of sauce without boiling. This will intensify the flavor without cooking the sauce away. If it looks like it’s getting dry, reduce the heat. You want a finished dish that has sauce.

Nutritional Profile

Introduction to Recipe Rating System Chart

The following chart shows the nutrients for which this recipe is either an excellent, very good or good source. Next to the nutrient name you will find the following information: the amount of the nutrient that is included in the noted serving of this recipe; the %Daily Value (DV) that that amount represents (similar to other information presented in the website, this DV is calculated for a 25-50 year old healthy woman); the nutrient density rating; and, the recipe's World's Healthiest Foods Rating. Underneath the chart is a table that summarizes how the ratings were devised. Read more about our Food and Recipe Rating System.


Braised Snapper with Celery
1.00 serving
293.62 calories
Nutrient Amount %DV Nutrient
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
tryptophan 0.51 g 159.4 9.8 excellent
selenium 84.18 mcg 120.3 7.4 excellent
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) 5.95 mcg 99.2 6.1 excellent
protein 46.75 g 93.5 5.7 excellent
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.88 mg 44.0 2.7 good
vitamin C 23.30 mg 38.8 2.4 good
phosphorus 359.65 mg 36.0 2.2 good
potassium 1143.56 mg 32.7 2.0 good
sodium 728.44 mg 30.4 1.9 good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellent DV>=75% OR Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
very good DV>=50% OR Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
good DV>=25% OR Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

In Depth Nutritional Profile for Braised Snapper with Celery

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