Opakapaka (Snapper) With Green Grapes

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

I found this recipe by restaurateur Bob Longhi and Chef Alex Mauricci, Longhi's Restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. I'm looking forward to trying it. Pink snapper is called opakapaka in Hawaii. Although the ingredients listed say red snapper, it really should be pink snapper, but I couldn't get that ingredient through.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lightly flour fish on both sides.
  2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. When butter foams, add fish to pan.
  4. Sauté 3 to 4 minutes on one side and turn; continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes until done.
  5. Remove fish from pan; pour out excess butter.
  6. Deglaze pan with white wine and lemon juice; reduce liquid by half.
  7. Add 3 tablespoons chunked butter; swirl into sauce.
  8. Add more cold butter as needed until saucy.
  9. Add grapes, then parsley, and pour the sauce over the fish.
  10. Variations:.
  11. You can vary the sauce by substituting almonds for the grapes. Simply toast 1/4 cup slivered almonds or chopped Macadamia nuts in a 350* oven for about 10 minutes. Add the nuts to the sauce before serving.


Most Helpful

I used ground almonds instead of flour and baked it in the oven, it turned out delicious! The green grape sauce was the icing on the cake. This is a great way to cook snapper! I'll make it again!

gemini08 March 19, 2009

Used egg & PANKO insted of flour. Be careful not to overcook thinner fillets. Next time (there will be a next time) I'll add some spice.

BRDG March 04, 2009

This is THE BEST fish dish I have ever eaten anywhere. We were fortunate to have it at Longhi's several times and I'm thrilled to have found the recipe and to know what opakapaka really is! Thank you for posting it!

wesbyte October 06, 2008

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