Oven-Roasted Snapper with Tomato and Caper Salsa

Because they cook so quickly, thin fish fillets like red snapper lend themselves well to high temperature oven-roasting. The fish is seasoned with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper prior to roasting and topped with a warm, fresh salsa made with tomatoes, red onion, capers and parsley. Roasted red potatoes (see notes) and sautéed spinach round out a delicious, healthful meal.

Oven-Roasted Snapper with Tomato and Caper Salsa

Oven-Roasted Snapper with Tomato and Caper Salsa

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Topped with a warm, fresh salsa made with tomatoes, capers, red onion and parsley, these simple oven-roasted snapper fillets make a deliciously easy and healthful entree.


  • 1 lb red snapper fillets, or other mild white fish of your choice
  • Juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, well drained
  • Fresh parsley and lemon wedges for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F, line a shallow baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • Place the snapper, skin side down on the prepared pan. Drizzle with about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil along with the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the red onion and cook just until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and capers. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley and remaining lemon juice and set aside.
  • Roast the fish for 8 to 12 minutes (depending on thickness), until opaque in the center, but still moist. Do not overcook.
  • To serve, transfer the fish to a platter and garnish with sprigs of parsley and lemon wedges.

Tips for Making This Recipe

About the fish:

We used snapper for this dish, but other mild, white fish fillets like flounder, sole or even tilapia would make fine substitutes.

Roasted Red Potatoes:

Roasted red potatoes are a perfect side for this meal and can be cooked ahead in your 425° oven while you prepare the salsa.
Scrub about 1-1/2 lbs of red potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces (either halves or quarters). Place them in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Arrange in a single layer on the baking pan you prepared for the fish. Roast the potatoes until tender, about 18 to 25 minutes. Transfer them to a serving dish and cover to keep warm while roasting the fish.
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