How to make Cajun Style Florida Snapper

When you’re talking about fresh fish in Florida there are two that always come to mind, Grouper and Snapper.  And today I was lucky enough to pick up a beautiful  Yellowtail Snapper at Whole Foods.

There are many ways to prepare and enjoy Snapper, but I was in the mood for one of my favorite restaurant dishes and decided to prepare it Cajun Style!

with lime margarita sauce and fresh fruit salsa

One of my favorite accompaniments for Cajun or grilled fish is a fresh fruit salsa.  Add my Lime Margarita Sauce and you’ve just turned out one delicious Restaurant Style Meal at a fraction of the cost of dining out.

And besides saving money, you also get to control what you’re eating, making sure only the freshest, purest ingredients go into what you’re making.  That’s a win-win in my book!

Fruit Salsa and Lime Margarita Sauce

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as Lisa and I did!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cajun Style Florida Snapper
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Cajun Style Red Snapper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Your Favorite Cajun Style Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned cracker meal
  • 2 - 8 ounce snapper fillets
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
Lime Margarita Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • juice from one lime
  • 1 ounce tequila
Fruit Salsa
  • 2 ounces diced mango (peaches or cantaloupe can be substituted)
  • 2 ounces diced Pineapple
  • 2 ounces diced Strawberries
  • 2 ounces diced red onions
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro finely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Trim snapper fillets and rinse in cold water, pat dry with paper towels
  2. Mix Cajun seasoning with cracker meal and brown sugar
  3. Press one side of snapper fillets into seasoning mixture coating evenly
  4. Get saute pan very hot and add just enough olive oil to keep fish from sticking.
  5. Add prepared snapper fillets, seasoned side down in pan
  6. Allow them to cook undisturbed until the coating has browned, then turn to sear the other side of the fish.
  7. Remove fillets from the pan, and place in baking dish seasoned side up, and add a little water to the pan
  8. Place baking dish in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes
Fruit Salsa
  1. mix diced fruit, onions, cilantro, lime juice and salt together. (strawberries will soften and bleed, so if you make this ahead of time, don't add the strawberries until serving time)
Lime Margarita Sauce
  1. In a small saute pan, add 1 tbsp of butter and after it melts, add in brown sugar and blend well.
  2. Add in lime juice and tequila, allow the alcohol in the tequila to burn off. Add in the last tbsp of butter and allow the mixture to thicken.
  3. **Do not overheat the sauce will break, wait until you are ready to serve the snapper before the final heating of the margarita sauce




  1. I love this! Yellowtail Snapper is one of my favorites and the seasoning on this seems too good to pass up. Thanks!

  2. This looks fantastic Chef Dennis. We cook Snapper fen on the BBQ so this will be a pleasant change. Thanks!

  3. Snapper is one of my favorites, too. Your Lime Margarita Sauce sounds fabulous. I think this recipe will be on my menu very soon.

  4. Dennis, your fish is just beautiful!

  5. Wow, that’s a great looking dish chef, the fish looks crispy and the pairing of the salad delicious. Thanks so much 🙂

  6. Christine Bortoli says:

    Can you buy snapper all year round? Well i am in the Bay Area so i tend to find everything year round, but i am new to fish 🙂

  7. Delicious dish!

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