These Oven Baked Snapper Parcels with capers, lemon, and parsley, are easy to prepare, super tasty to eat, and turn out perfectly every time.
Sealing the fish inside foil means it stays juicy and moist, with soft tender flesh. And the simple seasonings give it plenty of flavor. Plus, this is ready in under 20 minutes with almost zero clean up! An easy midweek meal that everyone will love and will leave you feeling like a gourmet cook!!
These Baked Snapper fillets are delicious, simple, and never disappoint! Serve them with some buttered potatoes and a salad for an easy dinner idea!
How to cook snapper fillets
Snapper is a relatively thin fish fillet, so it needs quick cooking. Traditionally it is either pan-fried or baked.
I love to bake it in the oven as it is quick and hands-free. It is a little more forgiving than pan-frying. Plus, with these foil parcels, there is no pan to wash up!
How to cook snapper in the oven
The higher heat of an oven is excellent for baking fish as it cooks the fillets quickly, keeping them soft and tender.
Here the snapper fillets are wrapped in foil; this helps to lock in the moisture.
To do this, you need a large square of foil, that fits your fish easily; once seasoned, the foil is going to be scrunched up around the fish. A large piece of foil ensures there are no gaps or holes.
Be sure to coat the foil lightly with olive oil; this stops the fillets sticking and also adds extra flavor. If I have it on hand, I like to use lemon oil.
Once the fish is on the foil, you can sprinkle over the seasonings.
Seasonings for baked snapper:
This recipe uses classic flavors that pair well with fish: Capers, Lemon, and Parsley.
IF you aren't a fan of capers, then feel free to leave them out and add a little extra salt to your fillets.
Fresh lemons are pretty much essential here as the zest adds so much flavor to the fish! You want a spritz of lemon juice on each fillet.
Don't forget the salt and pepper. Because the fish is cooked inside foil parcels, you don't have another chance to season the dish before everyone opens their parcel at the table.
How long to bake snapper in oven
Snapper takes between 12-15 minutes in the oven. This will ensure that your fillets are soft and tender and not overcooked and dry.
To check if the fish is cooked, carefully open one of the parcels, the snapper should flake easily.
What to serve with baked snapper
For a super easy dinner I will serve this with a salad and store-bought crusty bread rolls - Super quick supper. Oh and with a glass of sauvignon!
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Oven Roasted Snapper Parcels
- 1 tsp Lemon infused olive oil or regular olive oil
- 4 snapper fillets
- 4 tbsp parsley
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp capers
- Salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/340F/Gas Mark 5.
- Cut 4 pieces of tin foil big enough to hold a fillet and lightly brush them with lemon oil (or olive oil).
- Place a snapper fillet in the middle of each piece of tin foil.
- Chop the parsley and divide it between the fillets.
- Zest the lemon and sprinkle this over the fish. Squeeze a little lemon juice over each fillet.
- Sprinkle over the capers and season with pepper and a small amount of salt.
- Fold and scrunch the foil up to make a secure parcel around each fillet and slide the parcels onto a baking sheet.
- Bake the parcels for 12-14 minutes until just cooked.