Prep Time
9 Mins
Cook Time
13 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 1/2 teaspoons herbed butter)

A fragrant herbed butter and roasted lemon slices complement the sweet, nutty flavor of red snapper for a super-fresh dish. Complete the meal with colorful Sautéed Zucchini and Bell Peppers.


Prep: 9 minutes; Cook: 13 minutes

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Cut 1 lemon into 8 slices. Place slices, in pairs, on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Grate remaining lemon to get 1 teaspoon lemon rind; set aside. Reserve lemon for another use.

Step 3

Place 1 fillet on top of each pair of lemon slices. Combine salt, paprika, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over fish. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 4

While fish bakes, combine reserved lemon rind, butter, and herbs in a small bowl.

Step 5

Place fish and lemon slices on individual serving plates; top each fillet with herbed butter, spreading to melt, if desired. Garnish with herb sprigs, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Fantastic tasting!

June 05, 2017
I made the recipe as written.  The lemon herb butter made a great addition to the fish.  I like that the recipe gave great cooking directions as well.  My whole family loved it.  I can't wait to experiment with other fish and herbs!  Thank you !

Simple and elegant

January 28, 2019
Simple and beautiful dish. Used rosemary and thyme in the butter. 

Moongirl17's Review

June 26, 2014
Try this addition: sauté 1/2 sweet onion, 1/2 red bell pepper, fresh parsley chopped to taste in olive oil and butter. Add seasoned bread crumbs and zest of 1/2 large lemon. Place thinly sliced lemon on bottom of glass dish. Add fish seasoned with salt and pepper. Top with bread crumb mixture. Bake approximately 20 minutes or until done. Finish with freshly squeezed lemon. Delicious, promise!

Leebot's Review

October 06, 2009
Simple yet very tasty.

mollygarv's Review

January 11, 2012
One of the best meals Ive ever made. 279 calories with double veggies. I also baked in foil


December 05, 2015
I didn't like this at all. Where you people from? 


December 07, 2015
A total winner! It is a great basic baked white fish recipe with correct time and temp. The seasonings are always optional. Some do not like Rosemary - leave it out or add a little more or less of something else. Cooking is all about your taste and preferences. Use your imagination. You are only limited by your creativeness or in some instances health requirements.

very tasty!

May 03, 2016
My family loved it. Perfect cooking time and nice lemony flavour😊

Absolutely tastey!!!!!!!

May 02, 2017
I'm completely surprised at the couple of people that gave it one or two stars and said that it was bland and had no taste. My only guess can be they didn't put enough seasoning. My entire family absolutely loved this. And my three kids aren't necessarily fish kids. They would prefer chicken over fish. But they all three loved this. I did use fresh rosemary and parsley from my garden and more than one and a half teaspoons.

TeresaS26's Review

February 28, 2010
Very bland and not much flavor