Baked Whole Red Snapper Fish

Baked Whole Red Snapper Recipe

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Want to try your hand at preparing a whole fish but feeling intimidated? No need to fear, this recipe for Baked Whole Red Snapper couldn’t be any easier!

Baked Whole Red Snapper Fish

Banish your doubts, this recipe for a baked whole fish is incredibly delicious and incredibly easy. Looking at a whole fish can leave anyone feeling a little intimidated, but there is no need with this tasty main dish. Full of flavor without all the fuss, this Baked Whole Red Snapper is a great way to wow any dinner guest!

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With just a few ingredients and a few steps you can have a whole fish ready to enjoy. You can’t beat a recipe this easy and tasty. This Baked Whole Red Snapper comes out perfectly every single time and is the easiest thing to prepare ever. I pinkie promise you are going to feel like a five-star chef when you serve up this recipe. Simply season your fish and pop it into the oven and you are done! That is all there is to it! Then serve it and wait for the compliments to roll in.

easy baked red snapper fish

Are you ready to hear how simple this Baked Whole Red Snapper is to prepare? Great, let’s do it. All you’re going to need is two whole red snapper fish cleaned, some olive oil, garlic cloves, one sliced lemon, and salt and pepper. Easy, right? Now for the preparation. Preheat your oven and put the snapper on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Pour the olive oil over the red snapper and rub it all over the skin. Next, rub the snapper with salt, pepper, and minsed garlic. Make sure to rub inside the cavity. Put the lemon sliced inside the fish cavity before putting the pan in the oven. Bake your red snapper for thirty minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

how to cook whole red snapper

So much flavor with so little elbow grease. This recipe is simple, which is what I find results in the absolute best fish. You are going to love the way this Baked Whole Red Snapper tastes as much as you love how easy it is to prepare.

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Want to make it even easier? Got an Instant Pot? You can make red snapper (or any whole fish for that matter!) in it, too. Check out my Instant Pot Whole Fish recipe to learn more. Whether using the oven or the Instant Pot, you are sure to love this take on red snapper!

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Baked Whole Red Snapper

This baked whole red snapper is amazing! Baking the whole fish is the easiest thing ever! Just season it and put in the oven and you are done! So easy and yummy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, red snapper
Cooking Method: Oven
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 525kcal


  • 2 whole red snapper fish cleaned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

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  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Put red snapper on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Pour olive oil over the red snapper and rub it all over the skin.
  • Rub red snapper with salt, pepper and minced garlic, including the inside of the cavity.
  • Put lemon slices inside of the fish cavity.
  • Put red snapper is the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.


Got an Instant Pot? You can cook red snapper or any whole fish in it too! Check out my Instant Pot Whole Fish recipe.
Also see: Low Carb Recipes
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Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 93g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1452mg | Potassium: 1926mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1mg
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Have red snapper fillets instead of the whole fish?  Check out my recipe for how to cook red snapper fillets with chili-lime seasoning!

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