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Savory Grilled Yellowtail Snapper Recipe

September 09, 2023

Grilled Yellowtail Snapper

Prepare to delight your taste buds with this savory grilled yellowtail snapper recipe. Yellowtail snapper, known for its sweet and nutty flavor, is the star of this culinary show. Grilling enhances its natural taste, making it a delightful dish for any occasion. Let's get started!


  • 2 whole yellowtail snappers, scaled and gutted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley, dill, or cilantro)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for garnish


1. Prepare the Grill:

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-200°C). Make sure the grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.

2. Season the Snapper:

  • Drizzle olive oil over the snappers, ensuring they are well-coated.
  • Season the fish inside and out with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and minced garlic.
  • Gently stuff the fish cavities with lemon slices and fresh herbs for added flavor.

3. Grill the Yellowtail Snapper:

  • Place the snappers directly on the grill grates, diagonally to the bars, to prevent sticking.
  • Grill for about 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the size of the fish. The skin should become crispy, and the flesh should flake easily with a fork.

4. Check for Doneness:

  • To check for doneness, insert a fork into the thickest part of the fish. The flesh should easily separate into flakes. Be careful not to overcook, as yellowtail snapper can dry out quickly.

5. Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the grilled yellowtail snappers from the grill and place them on a serving platter.
  • Garnish with additional fresh herbs and lemon wedges for a burst of flavor and a touch of elegance.

6. Enjoy!

Serve your savory grilled yellowtail snapper hot, either as a whole fish for a stunning presentation or filleted for easier serving. It pairs wonderfully with a side of grilled vegetables, a fresh salad, or a citrus-infused sauce for a complete and satisfying meal.

Now, savor the delectable flavors of your grilled yellowtail snapper and relish in the culinary masterpiece you've created. Enjoy your mea