Roasted Red Snapper Recipe

Roasted Red Snapper Recipe

How To Make Roasted Red Snapper

Feast on a fleshy herb-flavored red snapper served with juicy tomatoes and tender potatoes. Try this beautiful roasted red snapper recipe for family events!




  • 3lbred snapper
  • tspkosher salt,divided, plus additional to taste
  • 1lemon,half sliced, divided
  • 5sprigssmall fresh oregano,plus ½ tbsp chopped leaves, divided
  • 10fresh basil leaves,plus 1 tbsp chopped leaves, divided
  • 6tbspolive oil,divided
  • cupscherry tomato,halved
  • ¼tspred pepper flakes
  • 6fingerling potatoes,diced and blanched
  • 1cupchicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Season both the inside and outside of the fish liberally with 2 teaspoons of salt. Stuff the cavity with the lemon slices, oregano sprigs, and whole basil leaves.

  3. Using a very large 14-inch sauté pan or a small roasting pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until nearly smoking.

  4. Add the fish and cook until well browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil and season with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt.

  5. Using paper towels, wipe the excess oil out of the pan.

  6. Drizzle the fish with another 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the cherry tomatoes and red pepper flakes and cook until the tomatoes begin to release some of their liquid, about 3 minutes. Stir in the potatoes.

  7. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon half over the fish and pour in the chicken broth. Carefully flip the fish over and baste with the sauce.

  8. Transfer the fish to the oven and cook for 18 to 19 minutes.

  9. Carefully transfer the fish to a rimmed serving platter, pouring any liquid from the cavity back into the pan. Cover the fish with foil to keep warm.

  10. Return the pan to the stove over medium heat. Cook the sauce and vegetables for 1 to 2 minutes to concentrate the flavors.

  11. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, chopped oregano, and chopped basil and season with salt to taste.

  12. Pour the sauce and vegetables over the fish and serve, using a large spoon to remove the flesh from the fish.

  13. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If the fins are still on the fish, use kitchen scissors to cut them off.
  • To check for doneness, push the head down gently in the area between the nose and the top of the head; when the head easily moves away from the back of the neck, the fish is ready.


  • Calories: 849.75kcal
  • Fat: 34.51g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.38g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.28g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.55g
  • Fiber: 5.56g
  • Sugar: 5.20g
  • Protein: 98.94g
  • Cholesterol: 170.23mg
  • Sodium: 1864.24mg
  • Calcium: 221.00mg
  • Potassium: 2795.02mg
  • Iron: 3.49mg
  • Vitamin A: 190.27µg
  • Vitamin C: 55.64mg
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