Recipe: Grilled Blackened Red Snapper

Red snapper is one of the tastiest fishes one can eat. A great way to prepare it is blackened with the skin on to make it crispy ad delicious. Here is our favorite blackened red snapper recipe.


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 red snapper fillets (halved)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Mix together the paprika, cayenne, salt, garlic salt, onion salt, thyme, oregano, and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle over each side of the red snapper.
  4. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  5. Bring the lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan or heat to a simmer in the microwave in a safe dish.
  6. Remove from heat and add butter. Mix well.
  7. Right before placing fish on the grill, oil the grill grates well. Make several passes as this will create a nice non-stick surface.
  8. Grill the red snapper about 5 to 6 minutes on one side, until the seasonings are blackened.
  9. Turn the snapper over and grill for another 5 to 6 minutes until done or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 F.
  10. Once cooked through, remove the fish from grill and plate.
  11. Add parsley to the lemon butter and spoon a quarter of the butter mixture over each piece of fish.
  12. Serve with grilled vegetables or your favorite sides.
  13. Enjoy!

All credit for this delicious recipe goes to The Spruce Eats.

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