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Basil-Parmesan Baked Snapper

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Basil-Parmesan Baked Snapper

Basil-Parmesan Baked Snapper

Jessica Braider
Scramble recipe tester Melinda Kelley said her picky 4-year-old gave this recipe “2 thumbs up.” Melinda also said it was so easy to make that she’s going to let her 8-year-old prepare it next time.
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Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 - 1 1/2 lb. red snapper, flounder, tilapia, or other white fish fillets
  • 1/2 lemon juice only, about 2 Tbsp.
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. garlic powder to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 fresh basil leaves cut into strips (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the fillets in a large baking dish and sprinkle the lemon juice over them.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dried basil, cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the fillets, and spray the top with butter or olive oil flavored nonstick cooking spray, if desired, to give it a crispier finish.
  • Bake it for 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it is opaque and flakes easily in the thickest part.
  • Sprinkle the fish with the fresh basil before serving (optional).

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Place each fillet on an individual square of aluminum foil. Drizzle each fillet with the lemon, and then sprinkle with the topping mixture. Fold the foil over the top and around the sides to make a packet around each fillet. Place the packets, one on top of the other, in the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours. Sprinkle with the fresh basil, if desired, before serving. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)


Do Ahead or Delegate: Juice the lemon, grate the cheese if necessary and refrigerate, combine the ingredients for the topping and refrigerate.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Use ½ tsp. garlic powder to season the fish or substitute 1 - 2 cloves fresh minced garlic.
Tip: Save the trees!  When cooking, throw a kitchen towel over your shoulder or keep it at arm’s reach and use as needed to wipe your hands, dry the pot lid, etc.  This will keep you from being tempted to use too many paper towels.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 170, Total Fat: 10g, 15%; Saturated Fat: 3g, 13%; Cholesterol: 55mg, 18%; Sodium: 120mg, 5%; Total Carbohydrate: 1g, 0%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 19g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Company/Entertaining, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Low Carb, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Main Dish, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Super Scramble Express (20 minutes or less total), Winter
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