Roasted Red Snapper Italian Style! This roasted red snapper Italian style is a rustic dish that is easy to make and it melts in your mouth with every bite! Red snapper is a white meaty fish that’s super moist and juicy when roasted with extra virgin olive oil, fresh rosemary, Herbs de Provence, garlic powder, lemon juice, and wine. A delicious recipe that is effortless, and never disappoints!
Red Snapper comes from warm waters, and primarily from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a redfish with red gills and can be found sold in every state. The texture is delicate but firm, with a mild flavor that is sweet.
They are versatile and can be easily cooked: sauteed, fried, poached, broiled, baked, or roasted! But we love our red snapper roasted!
Tips when shopping for Red Snapper:
Every fishmonger offers an enticing array of fish on display and Red Snapper is available in many forms. So don’t be afraid to ask and select your preference:
Drawn: means the whole fish with internal organs removed, and may or may not be scaled.
Dressed: means it’s ready to cook with organs, scales, gills that have been removed, including head and tail.
Steak: means it’s ready to cook, a crosscut slice 1/2 to 1-inch thick, also clean guts, head and tail removed.
Fillet: means ready to cook, it’s a boneless piece cut from the side and away from the backbone, skinned and completely cleaned.
What to Look for when buying Red Snapper…
When buying red snapper, always look at the eyes, color, and gills.
On a whole fish: always look for bright and clear eyes, bright-colored gills, and very firm skin.
For already fillets: always look for bright flesh color, no discoloration, or a slimy surface.
Then smell the fish! Don’t be afraid to ask your fishmonger or the person behind the counter, if you can smell the fish. It has to smell “like the sea” and not have any fishy order whatsoever!
How to Make Roasted Red Snapper Italian Style…
For this recipe, I prefer my red snapper to be in the form of a fillet.
With these fillets, the prep work is minimal.
And because red snapper is already a sweet flavor fish, it only needs a few simple ingredients to make it even better and more flavorful – the Italian way!
You will only need to season the fillet with some herbs, olive oil, and a lot of lemon juice. Then roast for a few minutes with some white wine and it’s ready to serve!
Keep in mind, fillet red snapper will roast quickly, so keep an eye on them while roasting.
TIPS for Success!
Just before I served it, I add an additional squeeze of lemon juice on top. This will give the fish more flavor and keep it juicy.
Most Italian seafood dishes are very simple, and always flavorful. Fresh herbs are always best and great with seafood recipes, but if you need to use dried ones, go ahead – they work well too.
Roasted Red Snapper fillets will cook up fast! They are ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.
Lemon juice and white wine create a flavorful and juicy fish, while fresh sprigs of rosemary along with a few more seasonings give this seafood dish its aromatic flavors.
It is SO good, this recipe for Roasted Red Snapper Italian Style will become a definite keeper!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
- 1 pound (16-ounces) red snapper fillet
- sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 garlic clove crushed)
- 1/4 tsp. Herbs de Provence
- 2 to 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 large lemon - cut in half -divided
- 3/4 cup white wine
- Preheat oven to Roast at 400 degrees F. Cover your baking pan with foil wrap.
- Season the red snapper fillet with sea salt and black pepper. Then lay the fish with skin side down.
- Drizzle olive oil over the snapper. Then squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the fish. Reserve the other half of the lemon for later.
- Scatter on top of the fish with garlic powder, fresh rosemary, and Herbs de Provence.
- Set it aside to sit for a few minutes to marinate the fish, or until the oven is ready.
- Place red snapper ( uncovered) on the center rack.
- Roast for 10 minutes.
- Then open the oven, and slowly pour the white wine over the snapper. Close the oven and continue to roast for an additional 5 to 6 minutes. Fish is done when meat is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
- Remove and squeeze the other half of lemon juice on top.
- Transfer to a warm serving dish and pour the remaining juices from the pan onto the red snapper. Or serve directly from the pan (more casual and rustic). Serve immediately.
- Serves 2 to 4
Yield:2 to 4 servings
Serving Size:1 serving (4-ounces)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 53mgCarbohydrates: 1.3gFiber: 0gSugar: .4gProtein: 29.9g