Smoked Caribbean Red Snapper

Send some fish to flavor town with this easy recipe.

It's hard to beat freshly caught fish cooked outdoors in summertime. Here's my recipe for foolproof Caribbean Red Snapper on the grill or smoker. If you're not a whole fish kinda person, have your fishmonger filet it for you! Either way, your tastebuds will thank you. Enjoy this with some white rice or potatoes, roasted asparagus, and a fruity pinot noir or your favorite summer wine. 


One whole red snapper, fresh from the sea and prepped by your fishmonger. 

Homemade Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme 
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


Prepare smoker/grill with fruitwood (I recommend cherry) and bring to 300° F. Dry rub seasoning mix over outside and inside of fish if serving whole. Oil the grates with vegetable oil. Roast the fish directly over the coals for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through and making sure to check the skin for even cooking. 

Bahli Mullins is the owner of Best Seafood Direct Market in Fayetteville. Traveling to the coast each week, he works with his three sons and fiancè to deliver high-quality, fresh fish to his customers.

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