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The World's Best (and Easiest) Baked Red Snapper Recipe

Elegant (and Easy) Baked Red Snapper

Elegant (and Easy) Baked Red Snapper

Why Should I Make a Red Snapper Dish?

Fish recipes are often too complicated for me to tackle. What I like about this particular recipe is that it's simple to make and elegant enough to be a lovely entree for a dinner party. The finished result tastes incredible, so make sure to try this out!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

4 servings


  • 4 (8 to 10-ounce) red snapper fillets
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons parsley, minced


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat the bottom of your baking dish with cooking spray. I usually use a 9x13-inch Pyrex dish if I'm making four servings. If I'm making two servings, I use my 9x9-inch Pyrex dish.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped red bell pepper and onion on the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Season the fillets generously with salt and pepper. Lay them on top of the peppers and onions.
  5. Slice the butter into slivers and completely cover the fish. Add the remaining butter to the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Bake the fillets on the middle rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. They will flake easily with a fork when they've finished cooking.
  7. Make the topping by mixing the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and parsley in a small bowl.
  8. Turn on the broiler five minutes before the fish is done.
  9. Sprinkle the fillets with the topping. Make sure to spoon the buttery liquid from the bottom of your baking dish and thoroughly moisten the topping. I like to use an oven mitt to hold my baking pan at an angle to spoon the liquid more easily.
  10. Broil the fish for about three minutes until the top is a beautiful golden-brown color. Watch it carefully to make sure nothing starts to burn. I usually start checking it after two minutes.
  11. Place each fillet in the center of your serving plate and scatter the cooked peppers and onions on top. The vegetables will be crisp-tender. If you prefer them to be softer, soften them in a little butter before placing them in the baking pan at the beginning of the baking process.

Questions & Answers

Question: Would olive oil work in this baked Red Snapper recipe instead of butter?

Answer: Olive oil would be wonderful with this recipe!