Grilled Red Snapper


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

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 fillets

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.

Is Red Snapper Healthy?

Red snapper is an excellent source of lean protein. Foods high in protein help curb hunger, keeping us satisfied longer. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming 8-10 ounces of seafood each week. Only 1 in 10 consumers get the recommended two seafood servings a week, so aim to add more fish like red snapper to your meal plans. Learn more about the health benefits of seafood and budget-friendly ways to incorporate more seafood into your diet.

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 sauté 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!) 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 taste great too.

What Goes with This Recipe?

Grilled red snapper pairs well with many side dishes. You can make easy and healthy side dishes on the grill, such as Summer Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Broccoli Wedges with Herb Vinaigrette, Grilled Sweet Potato Slices, Grilled Peach Salad or Grilled Eggplant Salad.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer and Jan Valdez


  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless red snapper fillets

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Lemon wedges


  1. 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.

  2. Oil the grill grates. 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.

    grilled red snapper


Gas or charcoal grill


To oil the grill grates, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the grates. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
6g Fat
3g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 fillet
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 30g 59%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Vitamin A 1110IU 22%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Sodium 384mg 17%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 52mg 12%
Potassium 663mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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