Red Snapper Recipes – How to Cook Red Snapper

Check out the assorted list of red snapper recipes! You can relish a whole roasted red snapper, opt for the garlic & herb flavored red snapper fillet, try the crispy fried version, or enjoy the grilled garlic & lemony red snapper recipe!  

1. Mediterranean Whole Roasted Red Snapper Recipe


  • 1 whole red snapper (scaled, de-boned, gutted, head-removed, & butter-flied) 
  • Greek extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8-9 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sumac powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • 2 onions (sliced)
  • 2 bell peppers (sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)


Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 425°F. Also, ready the baking tray by lining it with aluminum sheet and brushing some olive oil.

Step 2: Add a pinch of salt to the minced garlic, mix and keep aside. Take another bowl to make the spice mixture by combining the sumac, coriander, cumin, salt, & pepper powder.

Step 3: Place the fish on the chopping board. Pat dry using kitchen towels. Score the fish on both sides (2-3 slashes on each side). Fill the minced garlic into the fish scores (both sides) and the cavity. Also, sprinkle the spice mixture on both sides of the fish and in the cavity as well. Pat gently so that the spices stick to the fish and get inside the scored areas. (*Save a teaspoon of spice mixture for later use). Fill the fish cavity with dill (freshly chopped), onion, bell pepper, & tomato slices.

Step 4: Transfer the fish to the oil-brushed lined baking tray. Place the remaining onion, bell pepper, & tomato slices around the fish on the baking tray. Sprinkle salt & remaining spice mixture on the veggie slices. Additionally, drizzle olive oil on top of the fish and veggies.

Step 5: Put the baking tray on the preheated oven’s middle rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes until flaky.

Step 6: Finally, transfer the whole roasted red snapper into a serving dish. Drizzle the lemon juice all over the fish and veggies.

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2. Baked Red Snapper Recipe with Garlic and Herbs


  • 2 red snapper fillets
  • 3-4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp fresh chives
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley leaves (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 0.5 tsp Cajun seasoning (mixed with a pinch of salt)
  • 0.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp black pepper powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (grated) (optional)

How Long to Bake Red Snapper with Garlic and Herbs

It takes 10-12 minutes to bake red snapper fillets with garlic and herbs.


Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 400°F. Place a non-stick pan on the stove over low heat.

Step 2: Add the butter. When 50% of the butter has melted add the chives, parsley, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt & pepper. Mix for 30-60 seconds. Turn off the stove and transfer the buttery herb mixture into a bowl.

Step 3: Lightly grease a baking dish with oil/butter. Move the fish fillets to the oil-greased baking dish. Brush the buttery herb mixture coating both fillets nicely.

Step 4: Add the breadcrumbs and grated cheese to the remaining buttery herb mixture. Mix well. Put the mixture on top of each fish fillet making a thin layer.

Step 5: Transfer the fish to the preheated oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes. To check the doneness of the fish, insert a fork through the fish, it should be flaky.

3. Crispy Fried Red Snapper Recipes


  • 1 whole red snapper (scaled, de-boned & gutted)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 spring onion 
  • An inch of fresh ginger (peeled)
  • 1 fresh red chili
  • 1 large garlic clove (peeled)
  • 0.25 teaspoon smoked paprika powder 
  • A dash of dried thyme
  • Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 0.5 Tablespoon of corn starch
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

How Long to Fry Red Snapper 

It takes 6-10 minutes to deep fry whole red snapper until crisp.


Step 1: Chop off the fish fins including the tail. Rinse the fish thoroughly under running cold tap water. Then place the fish on a chopping board. Pat it dry and score both sides (make 3-4 slashes on each side).

Step 2: Put the shallot, spring onion, ginger, garlic, paprika powder, dried thyme, salt & lemon juice into the blender. Blend into a smooth mixture.

Step 3: Rub the smooth mixture on both sides of the fish. Fill the seasoning paste in the slashes as well as inside the cavity. Keep aside to marinate for 25-30 minutes.

Step 4: Using a sieve, dust the cornstarch on both sides of the fish right before frying.

Step 5: Place a frying pan on the stove over high heat. Fill 50% of the pan with vegetable oil.

Step 6: When the oil is hot, release the fish gently into the oil using tongs/spatula. Deep fry for 3-5 minutes until golden brownish and crisp. Flip and fry the other side for 3-5 minutes as well.

Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy with fresh salad and savory sauce. 

4. Grill Red Snapper Recipes with Lemon Garlic


  • 1 red snapper whole fillet (650-700grams)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of paprika powder
  • 0.25 tsp garlic powder
  • 0.25 tsp dried parsley leaves
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 lemon (halved breadth-wise) (½ lemon juiced & ½ lemon sliced) 

How Long to Grill Red Snapper with Lemon Garlic

It takes 14-15 minutes to grill a whole red snapper fillet.

Instructions – How to Grill Red Snapper

Step 1: Set the grill to preheat over high heat.

Step 2: Meanwhile, place the red snapper fillet on a dish and drizzle olive oil on it.

Step 3: Prepare the seasoning mix by combining paprika powder, garlic, powder, dried parsley, salt, pepper, & lemon juice. Rub half of the seasoning mix on each side.

Step 4: Adjust the heat to low and brush the grill grates with oil. Place the fish fillet on the grill and arrange the lemon slices on top. Close the lid and cook for 7 minutes.

Step 5: Now, transfer the lemon slices to the grill grates, flip the fish fillet, and re-arrange the lemon slices on top of the fish. Close the lid and cook for 7 minutes again. (*The grilled fish fillet is perfectly cooked when its internal temperature reads 165°F)

Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

Which red snapper recipes would you like to cook? Roasted, baked, fried or grilled! Try a recipe every weekend, enjoy it with family & friends, and find out which one you like the best.

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