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Patsy’s, Bethany Beach: Crispy Red Snapper


Chef-owner Patsy Ranking gets lots of culinary inspiration during annual month-long trips to the Florida Keys. One of the best: her crispy red snapper. The fish is prepared in a tempura-style batter with a light dusting of flour and secret seasonings, then scored so it will cook quickly in 350-degree oil. The fish is curved so that, even plated, it looks like it’s swimming on a bed of jasmine rice. Add sautéed shiitakes and a soy-ginger-garlic sauce to finish. “We really do use fresh snapper,” Rankin says. She’s been known to show uncooked fish to skeptical guests. 121 Campbell Place, Bethany Beach, 537-2433, patsysgourmet.com