Baked Red Snapper with Lemon and Soy Sauce柠檬红鲷鱼níng méng hóng diāo yú

IMG_2175A very easy and healthy way to enjoy the moist, tender and mildly sweet flavor of the red snapper, a deep-sea fish high in energy and low in calorie. Hope you don’t mind a head on your fish. If yes, just use filleted fish. 

Serves 3-4,  

  • 1                         Whole red snapper (or seabass), about 600g红鲷鱼或者海鲈鱼
  • 1                         Lemon, thinly sliced柠檬切片
  • 1 tablespoon     fish sauce鱼露
  • 2                          spring onions, cut it into  long slices in 5cm
  • 1 sprig               fresh coriander, roughly chopped香菜

For sauce

  • 2 tablespoons               cooking oil
  • 1to 2 tablespoons        soy sauce生抽
  • 2 teaspoons                   caster sugar白砂糖


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C°.
  2. Scale the fish, discard the guts and clean well (hopefully you can get the cleaned one from your grocery store.) Pat dry with kitchen paper towel. Slice the lemon. Slash the fish to allow your seasoning to penetrate evenly later.IMG_2099.JPG
  3. Place aluminum foil in a baking tray, arrange half of the sliced lemon in the middle of the tray, add on the cleaned fish. Tug 1 piece of lemon inside of the fish then spread evenly the rest of the lemon pieces on top of the fish. Sprinkle the fish with the fish sauce. Cover the fish with another piece of aluminum foil (this helps lock the moisture of the fish resulting in a juicy and tender meat. ) Place the tray in the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.IMG_2173.JPG
  4. Remove the tray from oven. Arrange the fish in a serving plate and spread evenly the spring onions and coriander on top of the fish. In the meantime, let’s cook sauce. Heat the cooking oil in a sauce pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes, then add soy sauce and sugar, mix well. Once you see bubbles, turn the heat off. The sauce is done now. Pour the sauce onto the fish in the serving plate.IMG_2174.JPG
  5. Serve.


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