This delicious Baked Red Snapper recipe is cooked in a foil packet in the oven, basted with a perfect sweet and spicy honey lime sauce. I serve this with rice and lime wedges for a simple but flavorful dinner. 

“We made this tonight for dinner using red snapper and it was delicious. Highly recommend!” – Linda H.

Baked Red Snapper with Spicy Honey Lime Sauce

So, are you tired of me talking about my favorite place in the world yet? Isla Mujeres, that is. This week, I decided to post recipes inspired by the delicious food found on my favorite island getaway. First, I posted Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche Cups recipe, and then I followed it up with a Mexican Restaurant Style Yellow Rice recipe. 

Made this tonight, and it was delicious!!! I’m not a hot spicy fan, but the honey calmed the heat. My husband loved it, and he figured I wouldn’t like it. It’s a keeper!!!- Laura, blog comment

I’m ending this little recipe adventure with a fish recipe. All over the island, you see a dish they call Tix N Chic fish. Please don’t ask me how to pronounce that. This is typically red snapper rubbed with chile paste, garlic and some sort of acidic juice (lime or orange, or both), and then grilled, sauteed or roasted in banana leaves.

“Just made this tonight because I wanted something ”unique” tired of lemon garlic or breaded seafood. Used Florida Red snapper little less spicy for my husband ( I added more after for me) w local honey. EXCELLENT and unique and exactly the sauce I was looking for! You are right any white fish. I didn’t do the broiler at the end, and that would make it ”prettier”!.. Not required for my husband because tasted so good!”- Lucia

No matter the cooking method used, it’s heavenly, and hits the spot on super hot days. It’s spicy without burning your mouth and complements the delicate flavor of the snapper perfectly.

Baked Red Snapper with Spicy Honey Lime Sauce

For this Baked Snapper Recipe, you don’t have to use snapper! You can also use  grouper or mahi mahi if it’s more readily available, and I think tilapia would work well.

Any flaky white fish will pair well with the sweet and spicy sauce. 

Baked Red Snapper with Spicy Honey Lime Sauce

As I’m prone to doing, I added my own twist to this by mixing honey in with the sriracha. My family agreed that this was the perfect addition to balance out the spiciness of the sriracha, and the tartness of the citrus juices. Baking the fish in the foil keeps it very moist. After about 12 minutes, it will be perfectly flaky and ready to serve! 

If you want to thicken up the sauce and brown the top of the fish, open up the foil for a few minutes towards the end of the bake time and roast on the top rack! 

Baked Red Snapper

Baked Red Snapper with Spicy Honey Lime Sauce

Yield: Serves 3-4
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This delicious Baked Red Snapper recipe is cooked in a foil packet in the oven with a sweet and spicy honey lime sauce. Serve with rice and lime wedges!


  • 1 pound red snapper filets
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ lime, juiced

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lay a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking pan. Lightly grease the foil, then lay fish on top of foil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Squeeze juice from half of the lime onto the fish and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the honey, sriracha, and orange juice. Squeeze the remainder of the lime juice into the bowl. Stir to combine. Taste for heat. If it's too spicy, add extra honey, lime juice, or orange juice until you can tolerate the heat.
  4. Seal the pouch, allowing a small hole for steam to escape.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until fish flakes easily.
  6. Optional: Open the foilet packet for the last few minutes. This will allow the top of the fish to crisp up a bit, and the sauce to thicken.


  • *Any flaky white fish will do. Grouper, mahi mahi or tilapia are perfectly fine substitutes.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 262Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 74mgSodium 365mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 0gSugar 15gProtein 36g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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