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How to Pan Cook Red Snapper

author image Leigh Good
Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.
How to Pan Cook Red Snapper
Red snapper for sale at a market. Photo Credit: Christian Müller/iStock/Getty Images

Red snapper is a saltwater fish that has a flaky white meat when cooked. Snapper has a milder flavor than other fish, making it a staple on many restaurant menus and in many homes. Pick up some red snapper fillets with the skin still on from a fish market or grocery store and pan fry the fish for an easy and delicious dinner. Snapper cooks quickly in a hot pan and you can season and flavor the dish to your liking or serve it simply and let the flavor of the fish shine.

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Step 1

Rinse 2 lbs. of snapper fillets and pat them dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 4

Place the snapper fillets in the skillet with the skin sides facing down.

Step 5

Cook the snapper, undisturbed, for three minutes or until the skin becomes crispy and golden.

Step 6

Turn the snapper to the flesh side carefully with a spatula and cook for another two minutes or until the fish is cooked through.

Step 7

Check the snapper for doneness by using a fork to peek at the center of the fish. The snapper will be flaky and opaque when fully cooked.

Step 8

Place cooked snapper fillets on dinner plates and serve plain with lemon wedges or drizzled with your favorite butter-based sauce or vinaigrette.

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