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Pan-Seared Red Snapper with Mango Salsa

Oh boy, let me tell you about one of my absolute favorite dishes – pan-seared red snapper with mango salsa.

It’s the perfect combination of crispy, savory fish and sweet and spicy salsa that makes your taste buds dance with joy.

Whenever I’m feeling a little fancy, or just want to treat myself to something extra special, this dish is my go-to.

It’s surprisingly simple to make, but it looks and tastes like it came straight from a fancy restaurant.

red snapper mango salsa

Recipe Summary

The first step is to whip up the mango salsa, which is a breeze to make.

Simply dice up some fresh mango, red onion, and jalapeño pepper, and mix it all together with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some chopped cilantro.

The result is a colorful and flavorful salsa that’s bursting with tropical goodness.

Next, it’s time to tackle the red snapper fillets. Season them with a little salt and pepper, and then sear them in a hot skillet with some olive oil and butter.

The key here is to get them nice and crispy on the outside, while keeping them tender and flaky on the inside.

Once the fish is cooked through, it’s time to plate it up and let the salsa do its thing.

Spoon it generously over the top of the red snapper fillets, and prepare to be amazed.

The sweetness of the mango pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of the jalapeño, and the lime juice adds a refreshing tang that brings everything together.


  • 2 red snapper fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Begin by preparing the mango salsa. In a bowl, combine the diced mango, red onion, jalapeño pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Season the red snapper fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and butter until the butter is melted and the pan is hot.
  4. Add the seasoned red snapper fillets to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until the fish is cooked through and crispy on the outside.
  5. Remove the red snapper fillets from the pan and place them on a serving platter.
  6. Top the red snapper with the mango salsa and serve immediately.

Best Tips for Best Results

I’m always on the lookout for ways to take my pan-seared red snapper with mango salsa to the next level, and here are six of my favorite tips:

Freshness is Key:

Get the freshest ingredients possible. Using fresh, high-quality red snapper and ripe, juicy mangoes will make a huge difference in the overall taste of the dish.

Add a Little Spice:

If you like your food with a little extra kick, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the seasoning for the red snapper or adding some diced habanero pepper to the mango salsa.

Experiment with Citrus:

While lime juice is traditional in mango salsa, you can mix things up by trying lemon, orange, or even grapefruit juice for a unique twist.

Texture Matters:

Play with the texture of the salsa. If you like a smoother salsa, try blending it in a food processor or blender. For a chunkier salsa, simply dice the ingredients by hand.

Get Creative with Fish:

Use a different type of fish. While red snapper is my personal favorite, this dish also works well with other firm white fish like halibut or sea bass. See here for other red snapper substitutes.

Presentation is Everything:

Get creative with the presentation. Instead of simply plating the fish and salsa, try serving it in lettuce cups, on top of crispy tortilla chips, or even in small individual cups for a fun and unique appetizer.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating a pan-seared red snapper with mango salsa that’s truly out of this world. So get in the kitchen, have some fun, and let your taste buds do the rest!

What to Serve with Red Snapper and Mango Salsa?

I absolutely love making pan-seared red snapper with mango salsa for dinner parties or special occasions because it’s so easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser.

It pairs perfectly with a variety of side dishes that are just as delicious and impressive.

If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll whip up a batch of creamy mashed potatoes or roasted asparagus with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

But if I want to keep things light and healthy, I’ll opt for a simple side salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a homemade vinaigrette.

I also love serving this dish with a side of fluffy white rice or a simple green salad, but really the possibilities are endless.

And the best part?

It’s healthy, flavorful, and sure to impress anyone lucky enough to get a taste.

Whatever you choose, one thing is for sure – this dish is sure to be the star of the show!

So the next time you’re in the mood for something a little fancy, give this pan-seared red snapper with mango salsa a try. I promise it’ll be love at first bite.

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