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Snapper with Butter, Lemon and Capers

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Lemon Butter Snapper with Capers is absolutely delicious. This snapper is made with butter, garlic, lemon, capers, garnished with parsley and served over rice.


  • 2 pounds snapper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1 (3 oz) bottle of capers with the juice
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper each
  • 1 cup Jasmin rice.


  1. Start by patting the snapper dry on a plate with paper towels. You want to get rid of excess moisture so the fish doesn’t release water. In a large skillet, start by cooking the snapper with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. Remove the snapper and set on a plate. 
  2. In a large skillet, add the butter and wait until it melts. Place lemon slices on the pan, 1 minute on each side until the lemon caramelizes. With tongs, remove the lemon and place on another separate plate. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, for 1 minute. Add the whole bottle of capers with the juice and add the snapper back in the large pan. Cook for another 3 minutes, spooning sauce over fish. Remove from the pan and add salt and pepper as desired. 
  3. Garnish with parsley. 
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 424
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 524 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 142 mg