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This simple grilled red snapper recipe has clean flavors and a nice char flavor from the grill. It's well seasoned but not overly spicy. Serve along with grilled veggies or a fresh green salad to make it a meal.

EatingWell.com, May 2020


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins

What Is Red Snapper?

Red snapper is a firm, white fish with reddish-pink skin. A variety of species are commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico and along the eastern seaboard south of the Carolinas to northern South America as well as Southeast Asia. Its sweet, mild flavor lends itself well to many flavor profiles making it a popular choice among chefs and home cooks alike. Red snapper is readily available fresh or frozen behind most well-stocked seafood counters.

How To Buy Red Snapper

Red snapper can be bought whole or cut into fillets. Whole fish are relatively easy to cook, but if you're looking for something quick, opting for fillets is a better choice. Fillets can be bought fresh or frozen and they are usually sold skin-on. The skin crisps up nicely when it's cooked so you don't need to remove it. If you would like the skin removed, you can slide a sharp knife between the flesh and skin to take it off, or have it removed at the seafood counter before you take it home. Like most seafood, freshness is key. Try to cook your red snapper within a day of purchase (or within 24 hours of thawing).

How To Cook Red Snapper

Snapper is an easy fish to cook. You can grill it as we do here, roast it or saute it. Snapper is a somewhat firm fish so it holds together well on the grill. We remove the skin in this recipe to shave off a few calories but leaving the skin on can further help keep it together when you're cooking it. (And yes, you can eat the skin!) Snapper has a sweet, mild flavor that pairs well with just about everything. In this recipe, we load up red snapper fillets with the bold flavors of smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, oregano, thyme and cayenne for some heat. This is a popular way to flavor red snapper, especially as it picks up additional smokey flavors from the grill. That being said, simply adding a little salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon would be great too.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high (400 degrees -450 degrees F). Combine paprika, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, salt and cayenne in a small bowl. Brush fish all over with oil; sprinkle the seasoning evenly over both sides of fish, pressing to adhere.

  • Oil the grill rack. Grill the fish, covered, until it flakes easily and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145 degrees F, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet
185 calories; protein 29.6g; carbohydrates 2.8g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 0.3g; fat 5.6g; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 52.5mg; vitamin a iu 1110.4IU; vitamin c 2.7mg; folate 10.3mcg; calcium 64mg; iron 1.2mg; magnesium 52.3mg; potassium 663mg; sodium 383.9mg.