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Eric Ripert's Caribbean seafood recipes: Red snapper and fried rice

Just in case you can't take a vacation this winter — your taste buds can take you far, far away.
/ Source: TODAY

Eric Ripert, chef at the award-winning Le Bernardin in New York City, who was long-time friends with Anthony Bourdain before his passing, stopped by TODAY talk about the loss of his dear friend.

"Anthony was a very loyal friend, very noble, very generous with his fans, he told Hoda and Willie. "I have never seen someone so generous and spending so much time signing books, taking pictures. Everywhere in the street, or when he was doing book signings, you would see a line of 1,000 people and until the last one he would stay there.

"He was very curious, we were with him on television he was taking us on and his curiosity was contagious. We traveled the world with Anthony."

He then showed us two recipes with tropical flair — you know, just in case you can't take a vacation this winter. Your taste buds can take you far, far away. He's making snapper baked with coconut milk and ginger, plus Caribbean fried rice with shrimp, mango and ginger — dishes that are sure to brighten up dinnertime.

Bake fish in a fragrant mixture of coconut milk, tomatoes and ginger for a luxurious dinner that's surprisingly easy to prepare.

Make the sun shine in your kitchen with this Caribbean-style fried rice with shrimp, mango, pineapple and ginger.

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