Baked Red Snapper With Garlic and Herbs

Baked red snapper

The Spruce

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Servings: 2 servings
  • Yields: 2 fillets
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
653 Calories
28g Fat
36g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 653
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 1569mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 62g
Calcium 277mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Red snapper is a lean, meaty fish that is perfect for baking. This main dish comes together in less than half an hour and is a healthy and flavorful option any night of the week. This easy fish recipe is baked with a simple combination of garlic, butter, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.

The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of fish at least twice a week, and this red snapper recipe is an excellent choice for a healthy diet. While snapper is not as high in omega-3 fatty acids as others, it is a lean and delicious fish. Some good substitutes for red snapper in this dish include haddock, pollock, black cod, or striped bass.

This red snapper recipe is easily doubled or tripled for a family meal. If you're closely watching your saturated fat intake, you can swap up to half of the melted butter for extra-virgin olive oil. Serve with a grain like quinoa or roasted potatoes and a steamed green vegetable like green beans.


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  • 2 (6- to 8-ounce) red snapper fillets
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 3 to 4 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning (or your favorite seasoning blend, with salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon snipped chives
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs (dry; or seasoned breadcrumbs)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Baked Red Snapper recipe ingredients
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. Place the snapper fillets in a baking dish that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray.

    red snapper fillets in a baking dish
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  4. In a skillet, melt the butter with the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning blend, pepper, parsley, and chives, if using. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes just to blend flavors.

    Butter, spices, and herbs melting in a skillet
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  5. Brush both sides of the fish fillets with the butter and herb mixture. 

    Butter mixture being brushed onto the fish fillets
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  6. Toss the breadcrumbs with the remaining butter mixture and Parmesan cheese, if using.

    Breadcrumbs tossed in a skillet with butter mixture
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  7. Spread the breadcrumb mixture over the fillets, adding an equal amount to each. Use your hands to spread it out evenly and press onto the tops of the fillets.

    red snapper fillets with breadcrumb mixture on top
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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the red snapper fillets. The fish will be opaque and flake easily with a fork when done.

    Baked Red Snapper in a baking dish
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  • If your red snapper fillets still have the skin attached, apply the breadcrumbs to the skinless side (skin-side down). If you don't want to eat the skin, it should separate easily after cooking.
  • To test fish for doneness, insert a fork into the thickest part of a fillet. It should flake easily and look white all the way through.

Recipe Variation

  • Use another mild white fish in the recipe. Tilapia, haddock, pollock, and cod are good choices. Note that you may need to adjust the cook time depending on the fish and the thickness of the fillets.

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