About This Baked Red Snapper Fillets Recipe
Baked red snapper fillets with breadcrumbs crust is an easy recipe to make at home using simple staple ingredients that you can easily find at the supermarket.
Rich in omega 3 and essential vitamins, red snapper is a fish with a delicate flavor that can be cooked in different ways with a variety of ingredients and condiments.
This recipe allows you to whip up a delightfully elegant dish that can be cooked without having to put in too much effort when time is running out!
Just mix the breadcrumbs with some spices and herbs, spread this mixture on the fish fillets, and bake everything in the oven. It’s an easy recipe to serve up a rich and delicious meal. I have flavored the breadcrumbs with parsley and lemon, but feel free to use any herbs and spices you prefer.
You can enjoy this dish with your family or with friends, serving it with grains and steamed or fresh seasonal vegetables.
A healthy, light, delectable main course, this meal features simple yet bright flavors that will be appreciated by adults and children alike, and even by those who are generally not very fond of fish.
What You Need for This Baked Red Snapper Fillets Recipe
- Fish: I have used frozen red snapper fillets that are pre-cleaned. I defrosted them first and then baked them.
- Breadcrumbs: I like to use plain breadcrumbs that I have flavored with herbs and lemon zest. The breadcrumbs form a lovely flavored crust on the fish fillets.
- Herbs and Seasonings: I like to go with simple flavors, so I’ve used parsley for a nice fresh taste with just a little bit of garlic and some lemon zest for a hint of citrus.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: To bond the breadcrumbs together with the various flavors, I have used a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
- Fish: I have used red snapper, but you may also use cod, tilapia grouper, sea bass, or any other white fish. Note that you may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the fish and the thickness of the fillets. If you are using frozen fish fillets, it would be better to defrost them first and then cook them. If you buy fresh red snapper, ask your trusted fishmonger to fillet it to make your job easier!
- Parsley: I have used fresh parsley, but you may substitute it with any other herbs that you like. Oregano, thyme, and cilantro would work great in this recipe.
Can I make this recipe in advance?
This recipe is very quick to make, and I don’t recommend making it in advance. The texture and flavor are better when the fish is served immediately after being baked.
What should I do with the leftovers?
In case you have some leftovers, you can use them to make fish balls or even eat them cold with a squeeze of lemon.
Baked Red Snapper Fillets With Breadcrumbs Crust
Red snapper fillets topped with herb and lemon zest and baked to golden-brown perfection, this is an easy recipe that packs a punch of flavor.
Yield: 2 servings
How To Make Baked Red Snapper Fillet Step By Step
Preheat the oven to 180℃ (356℉). Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet and drizzle it with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
Rinse the red snapper fillets, dry them gently with a kitchen paper towel, then flavor them with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Prepare the crust. In a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, the lemon zest, finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, salt, extra virgin olive oil, and pepper, and mix well with a fork until you get a mixture similar to wet sand. If necessary, add another drop of extra virgin olive oil until you get the right consistency of the breadcrumbs.
Place the fish fillets skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the breadcrumbs mixture evenly over the fillets and press lightly.
Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown; if you prefer it crispier, use the grill function for the last 5 minutes, but be careful not to burn it. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
- To make sure your fish is perfectly baked with tender and juicy meat, measure the maximum thickness of your fish and multiply by 4 (in centimeters). The number you will get is the approximate time, in minutes, for which you will have to cook the fish in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F). This method works for whole fish as well as fillets.
- To check whether the fish is properly cooked, insert a fork into the fillet’s thickest part. If it flakes easily and looks white all the way through, it is ready. Make sure not to overcook it because the fish will get rubbery.