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cooked cajun style florida snapper fillet with fruit salsa and lime margarita sauce on a white plate
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Cajun Style Florida Snapper

When you want to spice it up a bit at the dinner table, try my Cajun Style Florida Snapper with a lime margarita sauce.
Updated from Original post-> July 24, 2014
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 640kcal


Cajun Style Red Snapper

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Style Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned cracker meal
  • 16 ounce snapper fillets 2 -8 ounce 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 cilantro finely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  • juice from one lime



  • Remove the skin and trim snapper fillets and rinse in cold water, pat dry with paper towels
  • Mix Cajun seasoning with cracker meal and brown sugar. Place on a plate to coat the snapper.
  • Press one side of snapper fillets into seasoning mixture coating it evenly
  • In a very hot saute pan carefully add just enough olive oil to keep fish from sticking.
  • Carefully add the prepared snapper fillets, seasoned side down into the pan
  • Allow the snapper fillets to cook undisturbed until the coating has browned, then turn to sear the other side of the fish.
  • Remove fillets from the pan, and place in baking dish seasoned side up, and add a little water to the pan
  • Place baking dish in preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes

Fruit Salsa

  • 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

  • In a small saute pan, add 1 tbsp of butter and after it melts, add in brown sugar and blend well.
  • Add in the 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.
  • **Do not overheat the sauce will break, wait until you are ready to serve the snapper before the final heating of the margarita sauce


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 1280mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 7071IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 4mg