If you are looking for the best way to cook red snapper fish, I think you are in the right place. Because in this article, I will instruct you on how to cook red snapper perfectly at home.

How To Cook Red Snapper Fillets

1. How To Cook Red Snapper Fillets

1.1. Oven Baked Red Snapper Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 red snapper fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

Place the red snapper fillets in a baking dish or on a baking sheet, skin-side down.Then brush the olive oil mixture over both sides of the red snapper fillets.

Bake the red snapper fillets in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the fish is fully cooked and flakes easily with a fork.

Remove the red snapper fillets from the oven and serve with lemon wedges on the side.

1.2. Pan Seared Red Snapper Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 red snapper fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juiced

Instructions

Step 1: Pat dry red snapper fillets with a paper towel. Next, sprinkle salt and black pepper powder on both sides of each fish fillet.

Step 2: Place a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet on the stove then add 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium then place gently the fillets in the pan and cook for 5 – 6 minutes per side.

Step 4: Transfer pan-seared red snapper to a serving dish. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp butter to the pan then stir well until the butter is fully melted

Step 5: Sprinkle lemon sauce on top red snapper fillet and enjoy

1.3. Grilled Red Snapper Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 red snapper fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Then brush the mixture over both sides of the red snapper fillets.

Place seasoned red snapper fillets on the grill, skin-side down and grill for about 5-7 minutes on the first side, or until the skin is crispy and the fish is almost cooked through.

Carefully flip the red snapper fillets over using a spatula, and grill for another 2-3 minutes on the second side, or until the fish is fully cooked and flakes easily with a fork.

Remove the red snapper fillets from the grill and serve with lemon wedges on the side.

2. How To Cook Whole Red Snapper

2.1. Grilled Whole Red Snapper

Ingredients

  • 1 whole red snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon slices and fresh herbs for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped parsley, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper to make the marinade.

Place the red snapper in a dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the fish, ensuring it coats both sides. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours for more flavor.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, around 400°F (200°C).

Tear off a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place the marinated red snapper in the center of the foil. If desired, you can add slices of lemon and sprigs of fresh herbs on top of the fish.

Bring the sides of the foil up and fold them together, then fold the edges to create a tight seal, ensuring the packet is securely closed.

Place the foil packet on the preheated grill. Cook the red snapper for about 10-15 minutes per inch of thickness, flipping the packet halfway through the cooking time. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

Carefully open the foil packet, as it will release hot steam. Transfer the grilled red snapper to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices, if desired.

2.2. Roasted Whole Red Snapper

Ingredients

  • 1 whole red snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, or parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs, paprika, salt, and black pepper to make the seasoning mixture.

Place the whole red snapper on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Next, rub the seasoning mixture all over the red snapper, making sure to coat both sides and the cavity of the fish.

Wrap the red snapper securely in the foil, creating a tight seal to trap the steam and juices. Then place the foil-wrapped red snapper on a baking sheet or in a baking dish.

Transfer the baking sheet or dish to the preheated oven. Roast the red snapper for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Carefully open the foil packet, as it will release hot steam. Transfer the cooked red snapper to a serving platter. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

I hope after reading this article you know how to cook red snapper properly at home, whether it’s red snapper fillet or whole. Good luck.

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