Easy Pan Seared Red Snapper with Lemon Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Red Snapper With Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This quick and easy recipe for pan seared red snapper with lemon butter sauce uses just a few ingredients to let the seafood flavors shine through!


  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • Zest and juice from two lemons
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 16 chunks
  • 4 four to six ounce red snapper filets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons parsley, chopped


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the bread crumbs and a pinch of salt and stir until crumbs are golden.  Scoop out and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat until hot.  Add capers and stir until they are a little crispy.  Whisk in lemon juice and then butter, stirring until butter is melted. Pour sauce into a measuring cup and set aside.
  3. Add remaining oil to the skillet and turn heat up to high. Season the snapper filets with salt and pepper and place in skillet skin side down. Sear for 5 minutes on the skin side, then carefully flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  4. Place cooked snapper filets on warmed plates, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with the bread crumbs, lemon zest and chopped parsley and serve at once.