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Oven Baked Whole Snapper

Oven Baked Whole Snapper

It takes almost no time to prepare this tasty Oven Baked Whole Snapper for your family. Juicy and flaky on the inside, and deliciously crispy and seasoned on the outside. The Perfect combination!

It may seem intimidating cooking a whole fish, but it’s actually easier than you think.


  • 2 large whole snapper fish or similar mild-tasting white fish (ask your fishmonger to clean, gut and scale the fish for you or do it yourself)

  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 3 Tbsp. squeezed lemon juice

  • sea salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic

  • lemon slices

  • dry parsley

  • fresh parsley or your favorite herb


  1. Rinse and pat dry fish.

  2. Make 3 slits or more on both sides of the fish.

  3. Make a seasoning mix by combining: melted butter, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and squeezed lemon juice.

  4. Mix well and adjust to taste.

  5. Place fish on a lightly oiled foil-lined baking sheet.

  6. Brush fish with seasoning mix on both sides, inside the cavity, and inside the slits.

  7. Insert fresh minced garlic or sliced onion and lemon slices inside the fish cavity.

  8. Insert lemon slices into the slits.

  9. Dust with additional paprika, salt, and dry parsley.

  10. Bake in the preheated to 400°F oven for about 30 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

  11. Drizzle with lemon juice and dripping from the seasoning. Garnish with fresh herbs (parsley) and serve.

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