How to Grill a Red Snapper


Red snapper is a popular flaky white fish known for its mild sweet and nutty flavor. It absorbs the flavors of whatever herbs or spices are prepared with it, and is a good choice for dieters--especially those looking for low-carb choices. Red snapper has omega-3 fatty acids and is low in fat. Cooking red snapper with a recipe such as Grilled Red Snapper with Red Pepper Sauce takes only a few minutes, which is good if you're short on time.

Step 1

Preheat the grill. Once heated, put red peppers on the grill. Broil them until they start to blister, which is usually around 20 minutes. Flip the peppers around frequently to avoid burning.

Step 2

Put bell peppers in a paper bag and let them sit for 30 minutes. The paper bag takes away excess moisture, so that the skin of the bell pepper can be removed more quickly than if you tried to do it using a knife. Once the time is up, pull the skin off the peppers.

Step 3

Puree the red bell peppers in a food processor. Pour the sauce into a small bowl, and stir in thyme and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4

Pat the red snapper fillets dry using paper towels.

Step 5

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper in the small bowl to create a marinade. Place red snapper fillets in the bowl, with the mixture completely covering the fish on both sides. Let the fish marinate for five minutes.

Step 6

Place fish in grill basket and place grill basket on grill.

Step 7

Grill fish on both sides for an equal amount of time. The cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the fillets; three minutes on each side is typical. You must grill the snapper until the fish is white and can be flaked easily with a fork. When fish is thoroughly cooked, remove from grill.

Step 8

Add salt and pepper to the red snapper fillets for additional flavor if needed. Drizzle red bell pepper sauce over the fish. Garnish with basil.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 red snapper fillets
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • Fish grill basket
  • Grill
  • Food processor
  • Small bowl
  • 3 eed bell peppers
  • 3 tsp. fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 paper towels


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Evon Golston has been a writer since 2000, covering a wide range of topics from how to travel in the Arctic (and enjoy it), to making authentic Cajun jambalaya. Her homebase is in Atlanta, and she has an English degree from Georgia State University.

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