10+ Red Snapper Recipes to Make at Home
Who needs the beach? Bring coastal vibes into your kitchen with one of our all-time best snapper recipes. Whether you're looking to serve the fish whole (we've got two whole-roasted red snapper recipes that may seem slightly intimidating if you've never worked with a whole fish before, but they'll impress even the most discerning dinner guests) or grilled with veggies (we recommend this summery Snapper with Corn-Okra Relish), we've got your snapper cravings covered.
Snapper Escabeche with Marinated Peppers
Snapper Escabeche with Marinated Peppers Recipe
Flaky, fresh snapper stands up to the bright, acidic bite of vinegar-pickled peppers. Brighten up any fish dish with these peppers; snapper is just our favorite options.
Snapper with Corn-Okra Relish
Snapper with Corn-Okra Relish Recipe
U.S.-sourced snapper from the southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Hawaii are the best sustainable choices. Learn more at seafoodwatch.org.
Cake Pan Greek Snapper Dinner
Cake Pan Greek Snapper Dinner Recipe
This healthy, flavor-packed dinner is one you’ll come back to again and again. It’s quick and easy to prep, packed with nutritious components, vibrantly flavored, and since your entire meal is prepped in one 9x13-inch pan, clean-up is an absolute breeze. If you’d rather, you can substitute similarly sized tilapia or flounder fillets for the snapper.
Red Snapper with Chunky Tomato-Watermelon Salsa
Red Snapper with Chunky Tomato-Watermelon Salsa Recipe
The salsa combines sweetness from watermelon; acid from tomatoes and lime; a bit of heat from the chile; and a pop of herbal freshness from cilantro and mint. It pairs particularly well with red snapper and would be lovely with most any mild white fish.
Whole Roasted Red Snapper with Potatoes and Onions
Whole Roasted Red Snapper with Potatoes and Onions Recipe
While cooking a whole fish definitely seems intimidating, this is the recipe to show you just how easy it really is. But don’t worry, no one has to know—because it’s gonna look ridiculously impressive when served, no matter what. You simply need to ask your fish monger to scale and clean/gut the fish, as well as remove the gills and fins; then, you just pop it into the oven like anything else. Roasting a whole fish on a sheet pan like we do here is exponentially easier than tackling it on the grill, as you have less to worry about with temperature control and there’s no flipping required. Be sure not to skip cutting slits in the snapper—this is a really important step for a few reasons. For one, it lets you rub the flavorful herb mixture into the flesh of the fish for a tastier final product, the slits allow heat circulation around the flesh of the fish for quicker, more even cooking, and finally, these openings are the perfect spot to check for doneness with a fork (meat should release easily from the bone). If you use larger potatoes, just cut them into 1-inch pieces to ensure they cook all the way through. This simple one-dish meal is certainly elegant enough for a special occasion, but easy enough to pull together on a Tuesday. If you have any leftover fish, flake the meat for fish tacos or a fish chowder.
Sautéed Snapper with Curried Greens
Sautéed Snapper with Curried Greens Recipe
The greens become wonderfully silky and aromatic once stirred into a fragrant broth of coconut milk, curry powder, garlic, and fresh ginger. Since the greens are already cooked, they only need to be warmed through in the sauce. If you haven't made a batch of greens, stir in fresh spinach until wilted. Top with any mild, firm white fish, chicken, or shrimp.
Cha Ca Style Snapper
This beautifully bright fish recipes is perfect for beachy summer days. This vibrant Vietnamese standout features dill and yogurt-marinated red snapper nestled over nuoc mam-clad rice noodles.
Snapper on the Half Shell
Snapper on the Half Shell Recipe
In this popular Southern coast technique, the scales are left on to prevent sticking and preserve moisture in the fish while capturing the blazing heat and flavor of live fire.
Ceviche, marinated raw fish or seafood served as an appetizer, is a always an impressive dish. This fresh and delicious snapper ceviche from Coastal Living is best served with beer and tortilla chips.
Snapper Fra Diavolo
A Fresno chile gives the devilish sauce its heat. the impressive fish recipe is a labor of love, but trust us: This delicious snapper is worth it.
Snapper with Zucchini and Tomato
Snapper with Zucchini and Tomato Recipe
Lemon juice and rind brighten this Snapper with Zucchini and Tomato dinner for two. Don't leave out the vermouth—it adds a nice hit of flavor to the vegetables.
Baked Snapper with Chipotle Butter
Baked Snapper with Chipotle Butter Recipe
Chipotle peppers add a smoky, spicy note to the butter topping. For a cooling side salad, toss diced cucumbers and tomatoes with reduced-fat sour cream.
Whole Roasted Chinese Red Snapper
Whole Roasted Chinese Red Snapper Recipe
Rice and sautéed broccoli or bok choy would be perfect accompaniments to this flavorful recipe. If desired, sprinkle sliced scallions and cilantro leaves over the fish and serve with remaining soy sauce mixture and lime wedges.