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Baked Snapper with Lemon, Garlic and Chilli

Buying a whole fish is often more economical than buying the fillet. It also makes it a cinch to prep! Ask your fishmonger or supermarket counter to clean and scale a snapper for you, then throw it on a baking tray, add some simple flavours and you’ve got one tasty, nourishing meal in under 30 minutes.





  • 1 small fresh snapper (around 700g)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves (skin on, to save time)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lay over the fish.
  3. Using a sharp knife, score the fish on both sides.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season.
  5. Lay over the lemon slices and sprinkle the chilli over the fish.
  6. Arrange garlic cloves around the fish.
  7. Bake for around 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your fish. Once cooked, the flesh will be opaque and flake easily with a fork.
  8. Once cooked, squeeze out the cooked garlic cloves from their skins over the fish. Serve with rocket leaves and dress with any remaining lemon juice.

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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. 7 May 2020 – My husband and I absolutely loved this dish. I did notice that in the picture there were fennel fronds scattered over the fish, but these weren’t listed in the ingredients. The fennel fronds added a really nice element to this dish. Will be cooking this again and again. Thanks for this great recipes.

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