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

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


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat the bottom of your baking dish with cooking spray. I usually use a 9"x13" Pyrex dish if I'm making four servings. If I'm making two servings, I use my 9"x9" 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!


Susan Aldrich on July 01, 2019:


Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on June 11, 2018:

Cajun spices works great with this recipe! I'm glad you enjoyed the red snapper. Thanks for taking the time to comment.



Jim Adams on June 11, 2018:

We tried the recipe with fresh red snapper and it was delicious. We added some Cajun Shake to the breadcrumbs to kick it up a notch. Thanks,

Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on May 30, 2018:

Hi Martha,

I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a keeper around my house -- a dish that comes into rotation throughout the summer.

Thanks for writing!


martha08 on May 30, 2018:

I just made this, after coming upon the recipe (a while back) on an internet search. I must say that it's really delicious! I bought some fresh red snapper at Costco today, used Italian seasoned bread crumbs, and halved the butter, since I have high cholesterol. It was still moist and delicious - and so easy! It's definitely something that I will make again! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

tom from India on March 29, 2016:

wow great stuff out here i appreciate it.

naima on March 31, 2013:

I like your recipes they look good and delicious, I tried cornbread many times it's very good , I am going try the red snapper recipie soon thanks for sharing.

Marla Rose from Aventura, Florida on February 26, 2012:

Your plate of red snapper is making me hungry. It looks delicious. I do agree with you that there are plenty of fish recipes that can be complicated to make. I love red snapper myself. It seems like most people though like Tilapia. Very good recipe and you get my thumbs up!

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