Baked Red Snapper With Garlic and Herbs Recipe

Baked red snapper

The Spruce


  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 Servings
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This easy red snapper recipe is baked with a simple combination of garlic, butter, seasoned bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.

The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of fish at least twice a week, and red snapper recipe is an excellent choice for a healthy diet. While it is not as high in omega-3 fatty acids as others, it is a good source. 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.

What You'll Need

  • 2 red snapper fillets, about 6 to 8 ounces each
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium clovegarlic, pressed or minced
  • 3 or 4 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoonCreole or Cajun seasoning, or your own favorite seasoning blend, with salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh
  • parsley
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh or frozen
  • chives, optional
  • 3 to 4 tablespoonsplain or seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Place snapper fillets in a baking dish which has been sprayed with a butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a skillet, melt butter with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning blend, pepper, parsley, and chives, if using. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, just to blend flavors.
  4. Brush both sides of fish fillets with the butter and herb mixture. 
  5. Toss the breadcrumbs with the remaining butter mixture and Parmesan cheese, if using; sprinkle over the fillets. 
  1. 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.

Tips Variations

  • To test fish for doneness, insert a fork into the thickest part of a fillet. It should flake easily.
  • Use another mild white fish in the recipe. Tilapia, haddock, pollock, and cod are good choices.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 653
Total Fat 28 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 168 mg
Sodium 1,569 mg
Carbohydrates 36 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 62 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)