Grilled Red Snapper with Lemon Chive Sauce


This dish has always been my favorite, easy to make and easy to get the ingredients. It can be served with pita bread, salad, or steamed rice, but I prefer it with steamed rice. Passed down from mum to me as a family delicacy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 2-pound snapper


  • 1 (2 pound) whole red snapper, cleaned and scaled

  • 5 lemons, juiced, divided

  • ¼ cup sweet soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 bunch chives, chopped

  • ½ red chile pepper, sliced

  • 1 pinch white sugar, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch salt to taste


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Place snapper on a large plate; squeeze juice of 1 lemon onto each side and inside cavity. Set snapper aside to marinate, about 10 minutes. Combine soy sauce, butter, and ginger in a small bowl. Mix remaining lemon juice, tomatoes, chives, chile pepper, sugar, and salt together in a separate bowl.

  3. Heat a large skillet to smoking hot over medium-high heat. Cook snapper until just beginning to brown, about 1 minute per side.

  4. Place snapper on preheated grill; brush with soy mixture on each side. Grill, basting occasionally with soy mixture, until snapper flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 6 minutes per side.

  5. Transfer snapper to serving platter. Pour tomato mixture over snapper to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Use lime juice instead of lemon juice, if desired.

I sometimes heat the soy mixture in the microwave for 1 minute and serve it as a sauce for the snapper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
5g Fat
4g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 545mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 666mg 14%

* 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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