Once you have caught a red snapper, it is time to roast it. Alternatively, if you are only cooking the fillets, you can sauté, bake or deep fry it. Here are great ways to prepare this white fish.
Baking Red Snapper
Once you have gutted the fish, preheat the oven to about 350 degrees. Next, prepare the pan in which you will cook the red snapper. Make sure the baking pan is large enough to hold the fish; it can be ceramic, glass or metal.
Season the red snapper with salt and pepper, as well as lemon juice. Put pieces of butter into the skin of the fish to keep it moist while baking it. For an extra herb taste, add sprigs of rosemary or thyme to the cavity of the snapper.
Bake it about 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through. Check if it is done by pulling back a bit of flesh with a fork; if it pulls back easily, then it is done. If not, add 5-10 minutes in the oven.
Roast Fillets of Red Snapper
For this cooking method, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lightly oiling it and then lining it with slices of lemon. Gently place one fillet on two slices of lemon, with the skin sides down.
Add salt and pepper to the tops of the fillets. You may also wish to add garlic powder or thyme. Bake the red snapper for approximately 15 minutes. You will know they are done when they are no longer translucent but instead are opaque in color.
Enjoy your red snapper dish, whether you roast or bake the tasty fish!
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