Grilled Blackened Red Snapper

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 12 Mins
  • TotalTime: 22 Mins


  1. 1 teaspoon paprika
  2. Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  6. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  10. 1/2 cup butter
  11. 2 red snapper fillets (halved)
  12. 1 tablespoon parsley (minced)


  1. Gather the ingredients. ​
  2. Mix together the paprika, cayenne, salt, garlic salt, onion salt, thyme, oregano, and pepper. ​
  3. Sprinkle over each side of the red snapper. ​
  4. Preheat the grill to high heat. ​
  5. Bring the lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan or heat to a simmer in the microwave in a safe dish. ​
  6. Remove from heat and add butter. Mix well. ​
  7. Right before placing fish on the grill, oil the grill grates well. Make several passes as this will create a nice non-stick surface. ​
  8. Grill the red snapper about 5 to 6 minutes on one side, until the seasonings are blackened. ​
  9. Turn the snapper over and grill for another 5 to 6 minutes until done or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 F. ​
  10. Once cooked through, remove the fish from grill and plate. ​
  11. Add parsley to the lemon butter and spoon a quarter of the butter mixture over each piece of fish. ​
  12. Serve with grilled vegetables or your favorite sides. ​
  13. Enjoy! ​


  1. Many recipes for Cajun seasonings emphasize heat. With this rub, the herbs and spices come to the fore and you will use less black pepper than is seen in many blends. The hot cayenne pepper is optional, with a minimum amount suggested. If you have kids or guests who don't like it too hot, this is a good recipe for your snapper.
  2. Commercially harvested Gulf red snapper is available from July through September. If you are buying whole red snapper, look for healthy fish that have deep red fins, pinkish bellies, and red gills. Fillets sold with the skin on are more likely to be genuine red snapper. When buying fillets, look for moist, reflective white flesh.
  3. If you like a more aggressively seasoned blackened snapper, you can boost the black pepper to as much as a tablespoon and cayenne to as much as 2 teaspoons.
  4. If your guest list has mixed likes and dislikes, you can sprinkle some extra black pepper and cayenne on the fillets of those who want more heat.