Baked Red Snapper Fillets with Garlic

Baked Red Snapper with Garlic Topping is an easy oven baked dinner recipe that is ready in just 20 minutes! These whole fish filets are seasoned with a little Cajun seasoning, parsley, and garlic sauce, then lightly breaded with breadcrumbs and drizzled with melted butter before baking.

When you are looking for a delicious weeknight dinner that will add some healthy and delicious fish to your diet, then this Baked Red Snapper with Garlic is exactly what you are looking for!

To make this recipe you will need Red Snapper Fish Fillets, butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, fresh parsley, chives, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese.

Baked Red Snapper with Garlic and a side of asparagus with lemon wedges

Where this baked red snapper recipe originated from

This recipe is courtesy of my longtime online friend Jamie. I have never met Jamie in person, our relationship is that of the online nature! Jamie is the author of the food blog Mom’s Cooking Club.

When Grumpy and I were headed on our first ever cruise, Jamie agreed to share this recipe with my readers. As a result, It has turned out to be one of my top 10 visited recipes of all time on my blog! So, I thank Jamie enthusiastically for her contribution that continues to bring visitors to my site on a daily basis.

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What is Red Snapper?

Red Snapper is a mild-flavored fish that has a meaty, firm texture. Due to this, you may enjoy it grilled, baked, broiled, blackened or fried. The recipe I am sharing today is a simple and delicious baked fish recipe. The bread topping and garlic butter sauce go so well with the fish.

Filets in baking dish with butter and herbs

Tips for a successful recipe

  • Have all your ingredients in place before beginning assembly. Hence, this will make it easy to move from step to step smoothly.
  • If your red snapper fillets are thin, reduce your cooking time. Begin checking your baked red snapper after being in the oven for about 7 minutes. You don’t want to overcook your fish as it will dry it out.
  • Don’t be afraid to change the seasoning. If you are not into a spicy cajun seasoning, go ahead and use your favorite! Or, just omit the cajun seasoning, it will still be delicious!
  • This recipe calls for fresh parsley. If you don’t have this on hand it is easy to substitute dried parsley. Therefore, you may substitute one teaspoon dried for the fresh.

What to serve with Oven Baked Red Snapper with Garlic Crumb Topping

Side dishes can always be a challenge when serving fish. Because this baked red snapper is a breaded recipe, I recommend a simple vegetable side such as Roasted Asparagus with Mushrooms or Balsamic Browned Butter Artichokes.

You may also want to serve this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower with Browned Butter Sauce or these Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Chives!

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Baked Red Snapper Fillets with Garlic

Baked Red Snapper with Garlic

This Baked Red Snapper with Garlic recipe is made with the fillets seasoned with a little Cajun seasoning with parsley, garlic and breadcrumbs. Drizzled with melted butter and baked to perfection. Easy dinner recipes like this make your weeknights a whole lot easier to deal with.
4.63 from 75 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, dinner, filet, garlic, oven, red snapper
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal


  • 8 ounces red snapper fillets about 2-3 fillets
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Creole or Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp snipped fresh chives optional
  • 4 tbsp plain or seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese freshly grated optional


  • Place snapper fillets in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. In a skillet, melt butter with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Creole/Cajun seasoning, pepper, parsley and chives, if using. 
  • Cook on low for 2 minutes to blend flavors. Brush both sides of fish fillets with the butter and herb mixture. Toss bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the remaining butter mixture; sprinkle over the fillets. 
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets, until fish flakes easily and is no longer translucent.



Serving: 1/4th of recipe | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 571mg | Sugar: 2g
Baked Red Snapper with Garlic

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Coleen's Recipes August 12, 2009 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I really like red snapper. Your photo looks mouth watering. It is nice to meet you Jamie.

  2. Katy ~ August 12, 2009 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I'm not a fish eater, but I would be VERY tempted to try this. It looks DELISH!!

  3. Aggie August 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Wow that fish looks great Jamie! I am definitely trying this recipe. Great post!! 🙂

    Hope you are having a great time on your cruise Shelby!

  4. Danielle August 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Mmm this looks delicious!

  5. Lynda August 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    This looks realy, realy good…I'm always looking for new fish dishes! Thanks for posting this.

  6. Ingrid August 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I've yet to try making snapper at home….you've convinced me that this must be changed asap! Great photos, looks really really !

  7. Chef E August 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I love snapper, most any fish, and this preparations sounds really yummy, well the picture looks fabulous, thanks for guest blogging…

  8. Megan August 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Banana french toast? Now where talking! Looks delicious!

  9. Megan August 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Oops! wrong window open. Your not the french toast. But the fish looks great! Always looking for a great fish recipe. Great pictures too!

  10. Amanda August 13, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Wow that looks fabulous!

  11. Jamie August 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    This is such a great way to prepare fish and simple, too. I would love this. Must try it!

  12. Mrs. L August 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    We're trying to get more fish into our diet and this sounds like a perfect recipe to try.

  13. Creative One August 14, 2009 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Looks delicious Jamie. Great post!

  14. pigpigscorner August 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I am so hungry now! The fish looks so juicy and the sauce is just amazing!

  15. bobby August 15, 2009 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Sadly, I have never had red snapper before, this looks soo good though.

  16. Bellini Valli August 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Nice to see you here Jamie with another delcious dish:D

  17. HoneyB August 17, 2009 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Thank you Jamie! While you all were reading this Grumpy and I were enjoying Shrimp Fajitas, Pina Coladas, Sandy beaches and a pool party! 🙂

  18. Maggie September 26, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    This recipe is delicious!!! Just the right proportion of everything!! Thank you!!

    • Don July 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Finally someone who actually made it. Can’t wait to try it

      • Shelby Law Ruttan July 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        Hi Don, I hope you enjoy the recipe. I have actually made this also and we love it!

  19. Rhonda April 13, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Thanks Jamie. I’m trying this recipe today.

  20. Patty June 28, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I have never written a review for any recipes that I have tried off Pinterest. But I felt as though I had to write one of this recipe!!! Living on the Gulf of Mexico we get to catch our snapper fresh. My boyfriend took me fishing on Sunday and I caught a “Nice Size” snapper. So I wanted a different recipe than the normal grilling it. I made this last night, I’m sure I used WAY more garlic than you called for, but can you really ever have enough garlic. IT WAS DIVINE!!! I have printed the recipe and given to a few ladies here at work and I can not wait to make this again!!! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to trying many of your other recipes!!!

  21. Dawn July 6, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    This looks delicious. I was wondering if you could use swordfish or any other white meat fish in place if the red snapper?

    • Shelby July 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Yes, I believe any firm fish would work in this recipe. Thanks Dawn, I hope you enjoy if you try it!

  22. Lisa McCormack February 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. It is truly mouth watering and so easy to make.

  23. Tina April 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I found this to be pretty perfect. I started with a 1.3lb red fish filet. Mixed your ingredients exactly. Because of the size of the fish, turned the temp up to 425 and cooking time 20 minutes. It cooked beautifully! Maybe more salt next time, but that’s just a personal preference. Perfect as is for company!

    • Shelby April 17, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for letting us know!

      • Dria June 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        5 stars
        Trying your recipe for the first time tonight so far it’s looking great! Thanks

        • Shelby June 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

          Yay! Hope it turns out awesome for you! Be sure to let me know!

  24. Erin Albright May 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    My husband and daughter absolutely LOVED the fish I made using your recipe. Unfortunately, I had to use dried parsley and chives, but they perked up in the saucepan w/the butter. I also only had regular old powdered parmesan and panco breadcrumbs, so I used those as well. I can imagine how much more they will love it when I use all fresh ingredients. 😉

    Thank you for this recipe! I had never baked fish successfully before, so I was grateful to find your recipe.

    • Shelby May 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Erin! So happy this was a success for you! Thank you for letting me know!

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  26. Dan B May 21, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Use your recipe on snapper delicious it was awesome!
    And much to my surprise it looked just like the picture. Lol very very good!!

  27. Mare S June 17, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe: after eating it , it gave such a feeling of contentment with the delicious flavoring of the ingredients. It has become my top recipe for red snapper.

    • Shelby June 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      So happy to hear this Mare! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know!

  28. Tee June 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I usually leave snapper to the pros to cook. Ie restaurants. But I found this recipe after purchasing fresh red snapper and boy was it delish!

    • Shelby June 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for letting me know it turned out delicious for you!

  29. W. Pollock June 28, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Absolutely Delicious. Simple directions.

    • Shelby June 30, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Thank you!

  30. Beth July 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby! Just discovered this recipe. Q: Do you think we could leave off the bread coating without ruining the recipe?

    Thanks – looks delicious!

    • Shelby July 14, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Absolutely, but I recommend the cheese if you can do that lol. The cheese does add flavor and is so yummy. I doubt you can ruin the recipe just by not using the bread. I hope you enjoy and let me know how it turned out!

  31. Kat July 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    This was beyond delicious. Thank you!

  32. Andrea September 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Yummy! The snapper was moist and flavourful. This is now one of my go to’ easy recipes. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    • Shelby September 4, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

      So happy it turned out well for you!

  33. Andrea P. January 6, 2018 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Found this today and made it for my boyfriend and I. It turned out delicious and he kept telling me how tasty it was. This was easy and as the seasonings were melding with the butter in the pan, I could smell it was going to be delicious, and it did not disappoint! Thank you!

    • Shelby January 7, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Yay! So glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed this! Thank you for letting me know!

  34. Karen February 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Just had this red snapper dish this evening. Turned out great. The thing is, though, that at 400°, I had to cook the 8oz. filets much longer. I put them back in the oven for an additional 12 minutes. The combination of ingredients was delightful!

    • Shelby February 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen, thanks for posting! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  35. Gloria February 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    This was soooo good, I’m telling anyone that will listen. I used the Panko crumbs and grated parmesan. I also put a crabmeat stuffing in it. It was a huge hit. Looking for a reason to do it again real soon. Guess what, I never write reviews. Thank you for sharing!

    • Shelby February 11, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Wow, thanks Gloria! So glad you left a review here and so happy you enjoyed the recipe! I hope you enjoy it over and over 🙂

  36. Sue July 25, 2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

    This was delicious! Added some big prawns as well. Yum! Will definitely make this again.

    • Shelby July 26, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Hi Sue! Great idea to add the prawns! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe!

  37. Sharice August 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    This was DELICIOUS! Thanks so much!

    • Shelby August 6, 2018 at 6:24 am - Reply

      Hi Sharice! Glad you liked the recipe! Thank you for stopping by to let me know. 🙂

  38. Irene February 26, 2019 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Made this tonight for dinner, everyone loved it! So easy to make too! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Shelby February 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Irene, thanks for stopping back to let me know! Glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  39. Britt July 1, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Commenting about how a recipe looks is zero help with how it tastes!!! Thanks to the few people that have commented after actually cooking it.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan July 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Britt, thanks for stopping by. I hope if you make the recipe that you will come back to review it!

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  41. Peggy May 1, 2020 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Your picture and ingredients look perfect. I had planned to fry my Redfish tomorrow but will try your Baked Red Snapper with Garlic instead.

    I hope it works for me. You won’t approve but I will serve with Fried Green Tomato as I just picked them from my garden today. I live on the Gulf Coast in South Texas and love Cajun spices.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 2, 2020 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Oh, I totally approve of the fried green tomato! We absolutely love them 🙂 I even have a Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict recipe here! Enjoy!

  42. cheryl Shulock May 25, 2020 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I made the garlic and bread crumb red snapper for dinner the other night….I had 1 1/2 pound so I made 3x the recipe…maybe next time not quite so much butter but it was delicious!!! We had leftovers COLD for lunch the next day!!! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing

  43. Lisa December 2, 2020 at 11:47 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This was a restaurant- quality dinner! We loved it! I increased the garlic to two cloves, used about 1/8 cup of chopped green onions, omitted the parsley (just because I didn’t have any on hand), doubled the Parmesan cheese and used Lemon Dill seasoning instead of Cajun. I will definitely make this fish dish again. It was superb!

  44. Nick February 14, 2021 at 9:47 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Fairly simple, relatively quick and darn tasty.

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