Grilled Red Snapper – A very simple step-by-step process on how to easily cook red snapper on the grill.
As you all know we are BIG fans of cooking anything on the grill and there is nothing better than grilling up a simple fish fillet. Red snapper is a delicious white fish that if you haven’t tried, you should! This quick and easy recipe is a hit with the whole family and can be made for a quick weeknight dinner.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple: you can easily keep this recipe simple with just salt and pepper for seasoning!
- Grilled Fish: Red Snapper is one of the best fish to grill because it is firm and doesn’t fall apart easily (but is flaky and delicious after it cooks).
- Versatile: keep it simple or season it with a blackened rub or a delicious lemon garlic marinade.
What You Will Need
- red snapper fillets: we recommend using fresh red snapper filets if possible and use the same day as purchasing for best flavor.
- olive or avocado oil: after patting dry rub oil on your red snapper
- salt & pepper: we are recommending a simple seasoning of salt and pepper here, but feel free to use a blackened seasoning too!
How do I Prep the Grill
make sure you clean your grill grates extremely well and then preheat to approximately 450 degrees. You can also use a non-stick spray to help with sticking to the grill.
Do You Leave the Skin on Red Snapper
You can can leave the skin on for cooking and it is actually edible. You can also get red snapper that doesn’t have the skin on for this recipe.
Here are three ways you can spice up this simple recipe:
- Blackened: use this blackened seasoning to rub on your red snapper before grilling
- Lemon Garlic: use 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1-2 tablespoon minced garlic to create a yummy lemon garlic marinade. Let red snapper sit 30 minutes before grilling; discard marinade after use.
- Dry Rub: use this homemade dry rub on your red snapper before grilling.
How to Know When it is Fully Cooked
cook until the fillet reaches an internal temp of 145 or until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.
What Does Red Snapper Taste Like
Red snapper as a mild flavor that is slightly nutty (not overly “fishy”). It is moist, lean and has a firm texture.
What to Serve With Grilled Red Snapper
You could serve this delicious fish with any of your favorite sides but here are a few of ours:
How to Grill Red Snapper
Step 1 – grab your red snapper fillet (with or without skin)
Step 2 – pat fillets dry with a clean paper towel
Step 3 – brush with olive or avocado oil
Step 4 – sprinkle with salt and pepper
Step 5 – Place on a preheated grill over direct heat and let cook 5-6 minutes, turn, and let cook another 3-4 minutes
Step 6 – serve immediately
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Grilled Red Snapper – A very simple step-by-step process on how to easily cook red snapper on the grill. (Whole30, Paleo, GF, + DF)
- Approx. 1 1/2 lbs red snapper fillets
- olive or avocado oil
- salt and pepper
- Clean Grill: Clean grill grates extremely well and preheat to high heat (Approx. 450 degrees).
- Dry: Pat fillets dry with clean paper towel
- Oil: Brush on some olive oil on each filet and season with salt and pepper (a few sprinkles of each).
- Place on Grill: Place filet skin side down (if it has skin) over direct heat.
- Cook: Close grill and let cook 5-6 minutes.
- Turn: Carefully turn over (white, flaky fish can be challenging), close lid and let cook another 3-4 minutes, depending upon thickness.
- Done: Fish is done when it has an internal temp of 145 or until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.
- Fresh: I highly recommend always purchasing your fish the same day you are cooking it! It will taste so much better!
- Frozen: If you only have frozen snapper it will still work. Just be sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and really make sure it is dry before grilling.
- Serving: Feel free to serve with lemon or some yummy tartar sauce!
- Blackened: feel free use this blackened seasoning to rub on your red snapper before grilling
- Lemon Garlic Marinade Option: mix 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1-2 tablespoon minced garlic to create a yummy lemon garlic marinade. Let red snapper sit 30 minutes before grilling; discard marinade after use.
- Dry Rub: feel free use this homemade dry rub on your red snapper before grilling.
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