Snapper is the signature fish of the Gulf of Mexico. With a firm flesh and a mild flavor, snapper is extremely versatile and can be used easily for any number of recipes from entrees, sandwiches, to hors d’oeuvres. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Organization, you should avoid red snapper from the South Atlantic because it’s been overfished there, but in general it’s a good alternative and an environmentally conscious choice. Check out these 9 recipes for snapper that will make you want to try out a new fish dish as soon as possible.
1. Grilled Snapper Vera Cruz
Garlic, onion, wine, tomatoes, green olives, capers, and a Serrano pepper are sautéed together and make a beautiful pan sauce for these four snapper filets. Get the recipe here.
2. Sauteed Snapper with Broken Black-Olive Vinaigrette
Chopped, pitted black kalamata olives are combined with olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and chile flakes for a tangy vinaigrette that doesn’t need to be emulsified. Get the recipe here.
3. Thai Snapper with Sea Salt
Make a paste of ground coriander, peppercorns, fleur de sel, garlic, and cilantro and rub the fish with it until it’s covered – then drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and pop in the broiler until crispy. Get the recipe here.
4. Ceviche Tostadas
A combo of red snapper, sea scallops, and a marinade of fresh lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, and jalapenos make this dish especially fresh and flavorful. Serve in tostada shells garnished with avocado. Get our Ceviche Tostadas recipe.
5. Curry Snapper and Red Lentils
Cumin, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, mustard powder, pepper, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cilantro, ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, and onions are combined for an incredibly flavorful dish that you can add jalapenos too for an extra kick. Get the recipe here.
6. Red Snapper with Lemongrass and Ramps
Fresh ginger, lemon, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, Thai red chilies, and lemongrass are roasted with a whole red snapper and are roasted with some water to create steam and makes for a moist and aromatic dish. Get the recipe here.
7. Snapper Filet with Asparagus Salad and Soy Dressing
Snapper filets pair beautifully with this tangy soy dressing made with fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, red chiles, shallots, and a tiny pinch of sugar. Garnish with mint and cilantro. Get our Snapper Filet with Asparagus Salad with Soy Dressing recipe.
8. Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Lemon and Marjoram Vinaigrette
Fresh herbs make this recipe a perfect summer barbecue pick. You can substitute thyme for marjoram if you don’ t have any on hand but be sure to thinly slice the lemon so it won’t be hard to chew. Get the recipe here.
9. Ginger-Soy Red Snapper en Papillote
A parchment paper packet steams the fish with napa cabbage and carrots. Sriracha, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vegetables are combined and steamed in packets. Be careful when opening the packets because the steam will be extremely hot. Get the recipe here.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.