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Red Snapper Recipe

September 13, 2020

Red snapper

Red Snapper Recipes

You'll find American Red Snapper gracing the menus of many fine dining establishments because of its superior flavor and its beautiful presentation. No matter how you choose to cook red snapper, the fish looks gorgeous on the plate. Most impressive of all, there is nothing better than presenting to your guests a whole red snapper recipe to enjoy. 


We want to share our love of the red snapper fish with you today from broiled red snapper to fried red snapper recipes. Join us while we discuss recipes for red snapper; a beautiful and sought-after fish.  


What is Red Snapper

The American Red snapper, also known as red snapper, is native to the Gulf of Mexico, The Western Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. Fishers seek out Red snapper for its red skin and trademark red eyes. Professional and home chefs love red snapper for their delicious taste, texture, and beautifully impressive presentation. 


Red Snapper Habitat: 

When fishing for red snapper, red snapper tends to stay near the rocky bottoms and artificial reefs such as oil rigs and shipwrecks. Red Snappers form large schools of similarly sized fish. 

Red Snapper Sustainability: 

Caribbean red snapper has been removed from the endangered species lists and is a sustainable food choice. Red snapper spawns prolifically, and with better-managed fishing practices, we can continue to enjoy this delicious and delicate fish. 

A female red snapper spawns over twenty times in a year


Red snapper season is from May to October every year, with peak months being July through September. 

Red Snapper Taste

Red snapper has a firm texture with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor—red snapper pairs well with various flavors. Despite its beautiful red color, red snapper is a mild-flavored fish that most any seafood eater will like. There's a red snapper recipe for everyone to enjoy, from spicy Caribbean red snapper to the more subtle flavors of herbs and citrus.  

You can find red snapper on the menus at many eating establishments. Red Snapper is quick and easy to cook but presents itself so beautifully that you will think the chef toiled in the kitchen all day to create their culinary masterpiece. 

The Breakdown of Red Snapper Nutrition 

 A 3oz serving of red snapper has 109 calories and 22 grams of protein. With just 1.5 grams of fat per serving, red snapper is an excellent source of lean protein. Red Snapper is also high in vitamin B12. Adding red snapper to your weekly or monthly meal plans is a perfect way to increase your family's lean fish intake. 

Now that you know how delicious and healthy red snapper is let's talk about all the ways to cook and eat red snapper. 

 Join us while we share our favorite flavors, meals, and recipes using American Red Snapper. 

Global Seafoods Favorite Red Snapper Recipes

  • Caribbean Red Snapper: using hot peppers and coconut milk. 
  • Baked Red Snapper with Garlic and Herbs: Choose any herbs you like or have on hand. We love rosemary or oregano! 
  • Red Snapper with Herbed Butter Sauce: Finish your red snapper fillets with a drizzle of and herb butter sauce for a savory and delicious meal! 
  • Oven-Baked Whole Red Snapper: baked whole, red snapper will have bones, so be sure to watch those bones! 
  • Baked Red Snapper Fillets in Foil: Tinfoil makes an excellent pouch for steaming your fillets on the grill or in the oven. 
  • Red Snapper Veracruzana: Olives, tomatoes, capers, and onion makes this light and flavorful Mexican dish sing with all of the flavors of the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Fried Whole Red Snapper: Pan-fried, deep-fried, or Air fried, fried whole red snapper is terrific. You have to try it! 
  • Cajun Style Red Snapper: Blackened seasoning make this dish a favorite among friends and family. Kick up the spice or keep it mild, whichever you choose. 

Red snapper's firm texture helps it stand up to almost any cooking method. 

How to Cook Red Snapper:

  • Baked red snapper
  • Fried red snapper
  • Broiled red snapper
  • Sautéed red snapper
  • Grilled red snapper
  • Blackened red snapper
  • Roasted red snapper
  • Pan-Fried red snapper
  • Poached red snapper

What is the Best Way to Cook Red Snapper

If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking a whole red snapper, don't worry. We will help show you how to cook red snapper. Let's start by talking about how to cook red snapper fillets.

Cooking Red Snapper Fillets

To cook rockfish fillets, you will want to first decide on a flavor profile. One of our favorite ways to season red snapper is with rosemary and garlic. Cooking red snapper is easy and doesn't take long at all to prepare. A few simple ingredients and your favorite fish side dishes are all you need to create beautiful and delicious red snapper recipes. 

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Red Snapper Fillet Recipe: 


  • Four Red Snapper Fillets, defrosted, rinsed, and pat dry. 
  • One tablespoon of high-quality olive oil
  • Four cloves of garlic, minced. 
  • One sprig of fresh rosemary finely chopped. 
  • One lemon cut into wedges. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non- stick cooking spray
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the red snapper filets with olive oil and rub it in to coat them evenly. 
  4. Sprinkle both sides of your red snapper fillets with salt and pepper. 
  5. Coat the non-skin side of your red snapper fillets with chopped garlic and rosemary. Let sit for five minutes before cooking. 
  6. Drizzle a bit more oil onto the seasoned red snapper fillets. 
  7. Roast your red snapper fillets in the oven for about 15 minutes. 
  8. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite seafood side dishes. We recommend a fluffy rice pilaf with a simple salad to let the red snapper shine as the meal's centerpiece. 

Cooking Red Snapper fillets until they are no longer translucent and flake easily with a fork is one of the easiest ways to tell that the fillets finish cooking. 

The ideal internal temperature for red snapper is 135 degrees. 

The best red snapper recipes are the ones that meet all of your sensory needs. Red snapper is already beautiful by itself, so choosing your favorite flavors, smells, textures, and side dishes will create an elegant and delicious meal that you and your family are guaranteed to enjoy! 

Cooking Red Snapper Fillets is so easy. Once you've mastered the fish fillet, it's time to try cooking impressive whole red snapper recipes

How to Cook Whole Red Snapper: 

Here at Global Seafoods, we love to explore the many flavors of the world. One of our favorite grilled red snapper recipes includes the tastes and smells of the Caribbean. This recipe for how to grill red snapper keeps the fish whole for a few reasons. Number one, it's much easier to turn and flip your fish when kept whole. Fillets tend to fall apart more easily on the grill. 

And Number two, presenting to your family and friends a centerpiece of a whole grilled fish is super impressive, despite being easy to cook! 

Caribbean Grilled Whole Red Snapper: 


  • 1-2 whole red snapper (depending on how many guests you plan on serving. One snapper will serve 2-3 people. Hopefully, you can find snapper that has already been scaled and trimmed. Rinse your fish. 
  • One small habanero pepper (for less heat, use half a pepper).
  •  2-3 whole green onions
  • 4-6 springs of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of high-quality sea salt 
  • One Whole lemon sliced into circles
  • Four tablespoons of coconut milk
  • Tinfoil for wrapping the fish. 


  1. Using a knife, cut several shallow slices into the side of the red snapper. You will want to slice into the side of the fish's length about every inch of the fish. These cuts should be shallow, do not cut all the way through. You will use these cuts to season the inside of the fish and ensure even cooking.
  2. Finely chop your Habanero pepper.
  3. Using the back of your knife, hit your green onions to bruise them, and release their flavor without chopping them. Keep the green onions whole. 
  4. Fold and stuff your green onions into the belly of the whole red snapper. 
  5. Stuff some of the hot pepper and fresh herbs into your red snapper's belly with the green onions. 
  6. Spray your tin foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Lay your whole red snapper on the tin foil and season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. 
  8. Make sure to get some of the salt and pepper into the cuts you made in the side of the fish. 
  9. Place 2-3 slices of lemon along the length of the fish and sprinkle your red snapper with coconut milk. 
  10. Fold your tinfoil around the whole red snapper to create a sealed tin foil pouch around your red snapper. 
  11. Let the snapper sit to marinate while you preheat your grill. 
  12. Preheat your grill to medium heat. 
  13. Once preheated, place your tinfoil pouches on the grill and close the lid. 
  14. Cook your fish on one side for 10-15 minutes. 
  15. Flip your tin foil pouch and cook for another 10 minutes. 
  16. Red snapper is cooked through once it reaches 135 degrees. Check the inside of your fish to see if the flakes are turning from translucent to opaque. 
  17. Be sure to warn your guests about possible bones when grilling the whole snapper. 
  18. Serve your grilled red snapper with Caribbean inspired side dishes such as coconut rice and grilled vegetable kabobs. 

Frying Red Snapper in the Air Fryer: 

If you don't want to grill your red snapper, another delicious way to cook red snapper whole or fillets is using your air fryer. Simply season your red snapper with your favorite fish marinade and let sit for 30 minutes. 

Leaving some of the marinade on your fish, dredge your red snapper in a light coating of flour and place in a preheated (400 degrees) air fryer. 

Fry your red snapper for 5-7 minutes in the air fryer and enjoy! 


Feeling Comfortable Cooking with Red Snapper: 

While a fishermen’s favorite catch, red snapper shouldn't be scary or intimidating even for a novice home chef. We hope some of these tips and recipes will help you feel more confident in cooking and eating these beautiful and delicious fish. 

Red Snapper, like most seafood, is easy to cook, healthy for you, and tastes fantastic. Cooking with seafood is a great way to add lean proteins and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. 

The World Health Organization recommends that adults and children eat at least 2-3 servings of seafood per week. Global seafoods makes that easy for you by offering a variety of delicious and healthy seafood for you to try. 

Try one of our Seafood Samplers to get several different kinds of seafood in one bundled order! 

 Buying Red Snapper Online

Only true American Red Snapper can be sold in stores and online as "red snapper." There are some slightly less expensive alternatives to red snapper, but they won't be called 'red snapper' at the store. 

 We make it easy to order your favorite kinds of seafood right online. You don't have to worry about a special trip to the fish market or buying mediocre seafood at the grocery store. 

When you order from Global Seafoods, our seafood ships frozen directly to your door, we use dry ice to guarantee your favorite kinds of seafood arrive still frozen. 

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