Grilled Whole Red Snapper


For one whole cleaned and scaled 3-pound red snapper. More Healthy Fish Recipes

Grilled Whole Red Snapper
Photo: © Yunhee Kim
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • One whole 3-pound red snapper, cleaned and scaled

Asian Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing

Mediterranean Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing

Caribbean Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for rubbing


Cook the fish:

  1. Pick your favorite flavor combination (Asian, Mediterranean or Caribbean, at left).

  2. Choose one of the flavor combinations and chop all of the ingredients except the oil together with a large pinch of salt. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil. Make 5 parallel 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper, slicing almost through to the bone. Lightly season the fish with salt and fill the slashes with the paste. Rub the fish all over with canola oil.

  3. Light a grill and oil a grill basket that's large enough to hold the fish. Set the fish in the basket and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until the flesh just flakes with a fork, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the fish from the basket and transfer to a platter. Using 2 forks, lift the fillets off the bones and serve.

Suggested Pairing

A bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.

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