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Grilling a Whole Fish

Lemons, limes and fresh herbs are stuffed into a whole red snapper and grilled for a succulent fish dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: African
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 whole red snapper scaled and gutted
  • olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • fresh herbs such as basil thyme, parsley, dill
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Rub olive oil over fish. Make sure to oil the bottom of the fish.
  • Make 4 slits all the way to the bone on each side of the fish
  • Stuff the fish with slices of lemons, limes and fresh herbs.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Allow fish to sit out for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat the grill on high. Place fish on grill.
  • Turn grill down. Cook for 25-30 minutes.

Oven Roasting Method

  • If using an oven, bake on baking sheet (preferably with parchment paper) at 425 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Do not turn over.

Filet Fish

  • Peel skin back. Using spoon and knife, remove the fish off of the bones. The bones will lift off in one piece. There will be a few bones you will miss. Be aware of that.