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Grilled Snapper with Caper Sauce

The snapper in this recipe but if you prefer another for another fish, try mahi-mahi. It is a delicious firm, mild fish that won't fall apart on the grill.—Alaina Showalter, Clover, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 red snapper fillets (6 ounces each)
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small food processor, combine the first six ingredients; cover and process until blended. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the fillets; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and discard marinade. 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 easily with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a small food processor. Cover and process until blended. Serve with fish.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 272 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 fat.

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  • txcookingchic
    Jun 9, 2013

    I love grilled fish with an easy sauce to serve with it. I tried this with Halibut on the grill. Sauce was very good and unique. I agree with other review that I was not sure if I needed to take the time to marinade for 30 minutes (although it was easy). I served with Rice Pilaf and grilled asparagus. This was good enough to make for guests coming over for dinner.

  • graytiger11
    Aug 31, 2011

    I used mahi-mahi and marinated the fish for about two hours. Superb flavor if you have time to marinate for a little longer than 30 min. Other than that I agree - no time to marinate? Just make the sauce!

  • Alaina1243
    Aug 8, 2009

    Try marinading for longer than 30 minutes. I generally marinade the fillets for 2 to 4 hours, turning/coating about every 30-45 minutes. It really brings in lots of flavor!(TOH adjusted the time to only 30 minutes, probably in the interest of people's time.)

  • Selene K
    Aug 2, 2009

    The marinade did not add anything to the taste of the fish. The sauce was amazing. I will make this again, but will probably not bother with all the ingredients in the marinade.