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Grilled Red Snapper

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


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


  1. Clean Grill: Clean grill grates extremely well and preheat to high heat (Approx. 450 degrees).
  2. Dry: Pat fillets dry with clean paper towel
  3. Oil: Brush on some olive oil on each filet and season with salt and pepper (a few sprinkles of each).
  4. Place on Grill: Place filet skin side down (if it has skin) over direct heat.
  5. Cook: Close grill and let cook 5-6 minutes.
  6. Turn: Carefully turn over (white, flaky fish can be challenging), close lid and let cook another 3-4 minutes, depending upon thickness.
  7. 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.