Pan-Fried Blackened Red Snapper


This is a recipe that I came up with one night after finding some red snapper in the freezer. It can also be done with catfish, flounder, perch, or pretty much any white fish. Remember that the thinner the fillet, the shorter the cook time.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
19 mins
4 fillets


  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets red snapper, patted dry


  1. Mix paprika, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.

  2. Combine olive oil and butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Stir to blend butter into the oil.

  3. Brush some of the olive oil and butter mixture over both sides of each red snapper fillet. Sprinkle paprika mixture over both sides of each fillet.

  4. Heat leftover oil and butter mixture in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry red snapper until flesh flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

You can also used crushed dried onion instead of onion powder.

If you like your fish spicy, use more cayenne pepper.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto fish to add a tangy flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
21g Fat
5g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 2069mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 559mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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