Grilled Spiced Fish Recipe
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Grilled Spiced Fish Recipe

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These moist flaky fillets provide a welcome change of pace at summer cookouts. Chris McBee of Xenia, Ohio peppers a savory herb rub with cayenne, then works it into the fish. Even steak lovers will be smacking their lips.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 red snapper fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and thyme

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet equals 202 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 664 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. Spoon oil over fish. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; sprinkle over fish and press into both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill fillets, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Spiced Fish in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p51

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"Easy and delicious!! And I am not a huge fan of fish but this was excellent!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"Delicious. Just the right amount of spice to suit my family."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"Super! i even used Tilapia with fantastic results! I will be making this alot this summer!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"OMG, this is so good and soooo easy to make. I broiled instead of grilled and it turned out really really good. This would be over the top if grilled (instead of broiled). Will definitely be making again many times this summer, on the grill next time (s). Spicy but not too spicy at all. I might substitute smoked paprika at least for some of the paprika next time."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"Excellent! I have never made fish directly on the grill. The oil worked well on the grill - fish started to stick in just a couple spots, use a large spatula to gently loosen and then flip fillets over. I didn't have white pepper, so i just added a few grinds of black pepper, was not too spicy at all. Husband agreed that this is definitely a keeper recipe. Served with salad and a rice side dish. YUM!"

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