Grilled Red Snapper Recipe with a Cajun Cream SauceRecently I spent some time fishing out in the Gulf of Mexico and was lucky enough to bring back a cooler full of fresh Red Snapper. Snapper is a great fish for grilling and for this recipe I’m using a Weber Kettle Grill and a Charcoal Vortex to create one spectacular dish. If you don’t have red snapper, you can substitute just about any white fish with this technique. For this grilled red snapper recipe, I’m using the Vortex to create an indirect cooking zone in my Weber grill. The Vortex is basically a thin metal cone (wider at the bottom than the top) and you fill it with charcoal briquettes. The heat is forced up the top of the vortex into the dome of the grill and it creates an indirect high heat grilling area out to the sides of the cooking grate. It’s especially good for grilling crispy chicken wings but it also works great for quick cooks like fish. (if you don’t have a weber and/or vortex don’t worry you can use just about an grill set up for indirect, two-zone grilling) When grilling Red Snapper I like to leave the skin on each filet, we call it “on the half shell” in the south and it makes grilling very easy. The skin prevents the flesh from sticking to the grate and when its cooked properly the meat separates easily from the skin. Once the grill is fired up, season each filet with your favorite cajun style seasoning. (I’m using my a new rub I’m working on called King Craw – it’s my take on cajun flavors). Also while the Royal Oak briquettes are coming up to temp go ahead and make the Cajun Cream sauce. The recipe is below and sets this dish off! When the vortex is hot (coals glowing bright red) close the lid on the grill and make sure all the vents are completely open for air flow. It won’t take long for the grill to heat at this point. Place each snapper filet out towards to the edge of the cooking grate away from the vortex. For added smoke flavor I place a chunk of cherry smokerwood.com directly over the vortex. It will begin to smolder and give off a light smoke. These filets will cook fast, it only takes about 10-12 minutes so don’t go to far at this point. While the snapper is cooking, I also seasoned a bunch of fresh Asparagus with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of Kosher Salt. It goes on a separate grill or in the oven for 8 minutes on 425. Asparagus makes a great base for serving the snapper but you can substitute your favorite vegetable or even steamed rice. Also 1-2 minutes before the filets are done, toss 8oz of lump crab meat in a melted butter to warm. This is optional, but trust me here, you don’t want to miss out on this combination. To serve place a foundation of the asparagus on a plate, top with one of the Red Snapper filets and a pile of the warm, buttery, lump crab. Top it all off with the Cajun Cream sauce and a lemon twist for garnish and dive in! This dish rivals anything you can order from a restaurant and it’s really quick and easy. Print
Grilled Red Snapper Recipe
- 4 Red Snapper Filets (skin on)
- 2oz Malcom’s King Craw
- 8oz Lump Crab
- 8oz Cajun Cream Sauce *recipe below
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Lemon slices for garnish
Cajun Cream Sauce:
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 3 Cloves Garlic – minced
- 1 teaspoon Parsley
- 1/4 Cup White Wine
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Zest
- Juice from 1 Lemon Wedge
- 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan
- Heat butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and parsley and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Pour in white wine and reduce for 3-4 minutes. Add heavy cream and Cajun seasoning. Whisk to combine and reduce for 8-10 minutes stirring often until sauce thickens slightly. Add lemon zest, juice from lemon wedge, and Parmesan. Remove from heat and rest until ready to serve over fish.
- Set up Weber grill with a charcoal Vortex for indirect cooking at high temp (any grill can be used with indirect cooking method but cooking times may vary). Open the top and bottom vents 100% for air flow.
- Drizzle olive oil over the skin side of each filet to prevent the fish from sticking during cooking. Lightly drizzle the flesh side of each filet and coat with cajun seasoning.
- While the grill is coming up to temp, prepare the cajun cream sauce.
- Place each filet on the outer edges of the cooking grate away from the vortex. Cook approximately 10-12 minutes or until the filets easily flake.
- During the last few minutes of grilling melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small sauté pan. Place the lump crab into the pan and warm for 1-2 minutes tossing gently in the butter.
- Carefully remove each snapper filet form the grill and transfer to a platter.
- To serve: top each filet with lump crab meat and drizzle with warm cajun cream sauce garnished with a lemon slice. This dish is great served over grilled Asparagus or steamed rice.
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Malcom, when will this new cajun spice be available to purchase.
very, very soon….
I lived less than 25 miles from the GOM for 60+ years and Fresh Seafood was so common that when I moved a couple hundred miles inland I discovered the difference between ‘Fresh’ off the boat and Frozen Fresh and served a few days later. I will be trying this recipe this coming weekend when my Grands will be here. have a friend who works in the GOM who will bring me 20 # of fillets and 100 # of Atchafalaya Mud Bugs.
If doing these snapper on a Traeger, what temperature would you recommend?
I would set it higher – like 300-350. I do snapper on the pellet grill all the time and it works great. Very easy to do!
I’ve made this twice now since stumbling upon your video and it’s been a huge success each time! I live and fish on the gulf all the time so I’m bringing home red snapper every weekend right now. I’ve always heard the snapper throats are some of the best meat but never tried cooking them. Any suggestions?
never cooked snapper throats. I’d give it a try though!
How long will the sauce last if refrigerated?
I had to break out my Weber 26” kettle after I saw this recipe!!
I didn’t have asparagus nor crab meat, so I grilled broccolini with oil and salt and just ladled that delicious rich Cajun cream sauce over the fish and veg. It was WILD!!!
I’ve been using your rubs and trying your recipes for a few years. Your rubs are my go to. I tried this recipe today on Steelhead trout cedar planked in my drum. Holy smokes it was amazing. The Cajun sauce was mind blowing. I am going to try a pasta dish with it, maybe grilled shrimp and smoked sausage pasta with the cream sauce. Thanks for all the recipes and videos.
How long I need to cook the snapper on the grill?
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I use all of your products and many of your recipes. They’ve all been great but the grilled snapper was one of the best! My wife doesn’t really like fish – especially if it taste fishy. I used your grilled snapper recipe tonight but I had to substitute crawfish for lump crab as I couldn’t find good lump crab. Still, it was delicious and she is beside herself. She said it’s a 5 star recipe, maybe even a Michelin level if there’s such a thing.