Pan Seared Red Snapper

Easy Pan Seared Red Snapper with Lemon Butter Sauce

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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.


  • Red Snapper: You can usually find this in the seafood section of your supermarket. Sometimes it comes already cut into fillets, and sometimes it comes as a whole fish! But no worries, the great seafood counter folks will cut that fish into fillets for you.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs: These are dried light bread crumbs that you can find in either the international aisle or with the regular breadcrumbs. If you prefer to use standard breadcrumbs that is just fine – just make sure they are dried.
  • Capers: Capers are little round green balls that are actually buds from the caper bush. They taste like teeny tiny pickles and you can find them in the condiments section of your supermarket.