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Easy and delicious grilled red snapper flavored with a homemade Jamaica jerk seasoning. It’s perfect for your family barbecue or celebration.

jerk grilled snapper on a wire rack

A few years ago I added whole jerk snapper to our Thanksgiving menu, and now it’s an annual thing as well as a staple recipe 2-3 times a year.

Snapper is my favorite fish. In addition to grilled snapper I love making air fryer fish tacos with it as well as making coconut braised snapper.

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INGREDIENTS FOR JAMAICAN GRILLED SNAPPER

You only need two ingredients.

  • Whole Red Snapper
  • Jerk Marinade

HOW TO MAKE JERK GRILLED RED SNAPPER 

Simple but most delicious fish you’ll have. Just rub, grill, then eat.

RUB cleaned and gutted whole snapper with jerk marinade inside and out.

whole raw red snapper covered by jerk marinade on a tray

GRILL jerk snapper over medium high heat (350-375 degrees) about 10 minutes per side

jerk snapper on the grill

SERVE with coconut ginger rice and your favorite slaw.

JERK SNAPPER COOKING VARIATIONS & TIPS

Jamaican Jerk is probably my favorite flavor as you can probably tell by the many jerk based recipes on the site. This recipe also works for other flavors depending on your preferences whether they’re Mediterranean, Cajun, etc.

Make sure your fish guy cleans the fish well. And for added safety inspect the fish at home. I like to submerge the fish in a sink full of water then take the dull edge of a knife and scrape the sides of the fish ensuring no scales are left.

Marinade the fish for 1-2 hours before grilling

Make sure you season the inside of the fish as well. I prefer rub the marinade in the cavity. Others like to place lemon slices along with fresh herbs. Do what works for you.

Cut three slits into each side of the fish. This provides opportunity to get some of the flavorful jerk marinade into the interior of the fish.

Store-bought jerk marinade can be used, but for more of an authentic flavor make your own using this jerk paste recipe.

This recipe also can be converted to indoor cooking, especially if weather is an issue. A nice stovetop grill pan is a great option or you can roast in the oven. If roasting just be sure to use parchment paper to avoid any sticking.

Choose the freshest snapper available to you. Look at the eyes first - they should be clear, wet, with some shininess. Stay away from cloudy eyes. If you can touch the fish you want wet and slick as in slippery; sticky is a bad sign.

To tell when the fish is done push down on the thickest part of the fillet, where it meets the head. If it starts to break away from the bone, it’s done.

Serve with fried sweet plantains, Jamaican Rice and Peas, collard greens, or creamed spinach. Post meal chase this with a delicious tart key lime pie slice.

To make other jerk recipes use this dry rub spice seasoning mix.

MORE JERK BASED RECIPES

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Jerk Fried Chicken

Jerk Smoked Oxtails

Jerk Baby Back Ribs

Jerk Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked Cauliflower

Jerk Salmon

Smoked Jerk Duck Leg

For Other Grilled/Roasted Fish Recipes

Roasted Whole Bass

Smoked Trout

Hibiscus Rubbed Salmon

Grilled Salmon Steak

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jerk grilled snapper on a wire rack

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Red Snapper

Easy and delicious grilled red snapper flavored with a homemade Jamaica jerk sauce. It’s perfect for your family barbecue or celebration.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Whole Red Snapper gutted and cleaned
  • 1 cup Jerk Marinade

Instructions

Prepare the Fish

  • Cut three slits into each side of the fish.
  • Massage the marinade all over the fish including the cavity and within the slits.
  • Let fish marinate 1-2 hours.

Grill the Fish

  • Pre-heat grill to medium high heat (350-375 degrees F). Once the grates are hot wipe them with an oil stained folded napkin.
  • Add the fish and grill roughly 10 minutes per side.

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Notes

Jamaican Jerk is probably my favorite flavor as you can probably tell by the many jerk based recipes on the site. This recipe also works for other flavors depending on your preferences whether they’re Mediterranean, Cajun, etc.
Make sure your fish guy cleans the fish well. And for added safety inspect the fish at home. I like to submerge the fish in a sink full of water then take the dull edge of a knife and scrape the sides of the fish ensuring no scales are left.
Marinade the fish for 1-2 hours before grilling
Make sure you season the inside of the fish as well. I prefer rub the marinade in the cavity. Others like to place lemon slices along with fresh herbs. Do what works for you.
Cut three slits into each side of the fish. This provides opportunity to get some of the flavorful jerk marinade into the interior of the fish.
Store-bought jerk marinade can be used, but for more of an authentic flavor make your own using this jerk paste recipe.
This recipe also can be converted to indoor cooking, especially if weather is an issue. A nice stovetop grill pan is a great option or you can roast in the oven. If roasting just be sure to use parchment paper to avoid any sticking.
Choose the freshest snapper available to you. Look at the eyes first - they should be clear, wet, with some shininess. Stay away from cloudy eyes. If you can touch the fish you want wet and slick as in slippery; sticky is a bad sign.
To tell when the fish is done push down on the thickest part of the fillet, where it meets the head. If it starts to break away from the bone, it’s done.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 1286mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8949IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 5mg
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