Spicy Cajun Snapper served up with Mango Avocado Salsa is a healthy dinner idea that is full of flavor, easy to make, and a dish everyone will love. If you are looking for a recipe that uses snapper, this is the recipe to save.
Spicy Cajun Snapper with Mango Avocado Salsa
Serving up fish for dinner doesn’t mean plain and boring. With this spicy recipe and cool salsa as a topping, this snapper recipe will quickly become a family favorite! Gone will be the days of the kids saying, “I don’t like fish for dinner”. They will gobble this up!
If you are looking for another fish recipes, here are a few that my family loves and I think yours will too. My Parmesan Haddock recipe is a game changer! Full of flavor and perfectly flakey. It’s really out of this world. If your family prefers Cod. This Easy Cod Recipe with Herb Garlic Butter is buttery, delicious, and pairs great with my Asparagus side dish.
FAQ About This Recipe
Snapper has a firmer texture to it. The meat is slightly pink since the skin of a snapper is red. I don’t think it has a fishy taste to it at all.
Yes. It’s a very thin fish unlike others so it’s best to leave the skin on when cooking with it.
Yes but not really any more than most of the others. Snappers have a very distinct line of bones that go from the center to the edge of the filet. If you make a small slit on both sides of the fish, you can easily remove the whole line at once. They are very easy to remove.
You will know it’s done when it’s opaque in color and flakes when you take a fork to it. Fish is very easy to overcook.
Avocado adds a bit of points to any recipe. But it does give you a healthy fat that is great for your diet. Because of that, I am including the points for with the avocado and without.
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You will find a complete list of all of the ingredients that you need as well as the directions on the printable recipe card below.
- Paprika – this ground pepper is what helps give your food a bit of spice.
- Garlic powder – using this seasoning gives the recipe a little kick.
- Onion powder – this seasoning is used as a substitute for real onions.
- Cayenne pepper – this is another spice that provides a lovely heat to recipes.
- Dried thyme – thyme is one of those seasonings that is unique and provides a citrus or oregano taste to your dish.
- Dried oregano – this seasoning gives a little bit of bitterness to your recipe.
- Sea salt – make sure to NOT use regular table salt when you are seasoning a dish.
- Ground black pepper – or you can use fresh ground.
- Mango Salsa– This recipe for Mango Salsa does not have avocado in it. You will want to add 1 large avocado to the salsa recipe.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red or yellow tail snapper fillets
How to Make Cajun Snapper with Mango Avocado Salsa
Below is a quick breakdown of the recipe. To get the full list of directions, please refer to the recipe card.
Step 1: Begin by combining the ingredients together for the Spicy Cajun seasoning and then set aside.
Step 2: Next, make the delicious salsa in a separate bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Remove the bones from the fillets and season both sides thoroughly.
Step 4: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and place the snapper into the heated skillet.
Step 5: Cook until they flake easily.
Step 6: Remove from heat and top the fillets with the mango salsa.
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Spicy Cajun Snapper with Mango Avocado Salsa
Spicy Cajun Seasoning
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1 t. onion powder
- 1/2 t. cayenne pepper you can add more if you prefer
- 3/4 t. dried thyme
- 3/4 t. dried oregano
- 1 1/2 t. sea salt
- 3/4 t. ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 5 oz. red or yellow tail snapper fillets
- 2 medium mangos chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper diced
- 1/2 medium red onion diced very small
- 1/2 jalapeno seeded and finely minced
- 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 large avocado peeled and sliced
TO MAKE THE SEASONING
- Combine all of the seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl and set it aside.
TO MAKE THE SALSA
- You will find the complete instructions on how to make this salsa by heading over to my recipe for Mango Salsa. The only difference is you will add the avocado for this recipe.
TO COOK THE SNAPPER
- Snappers have a very distinct line of bones that go from the center to the edge of the fillet. If you make a small slit on both sides of the fish, you can easily remove the whole line at once. They are very easy to remove. You will need to leave the skin on since it's such a thin fillet.
- Season both sides of the fillet thoroughly. You can pat the seasoning into the fish if you'd like.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and place the snapper into the heated skillet. Cook for approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check the doneness of the fillet by taking a fork to the meat. If it's flakey and opaque looking it's done.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Arrange one or two of the fillets onto a plate and top with the salsa. Serve up with an a couple of slices of lime.