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red snapper with cajun seasoning and mango salsa on a white plate with a fork

Spicy Cajun Pan Seared Snapper

Published By Stephanie
This super quick and easy Spicy Cajun Pan Seared Snapper recipe with a cool and creamy mango-avocado salsa uses all fresh ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It's a delicious and healthy dinner the whole family will love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 76 kcal


  • Large Cast-Iron Skillet
  • Thin Metal Fish Spatula



  • 4 5 oz Filets red or yellowtail snapper
  • 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided

Spicy Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 T Paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • ½-1 t cayenne pepper to taste
  • ¾ t dried thyme
  • ¾ t dried oregano
  • t sea salt
  • ¾ t ground black pepper

Mango Salsa

  • 1 lg mango peeled and diced
  • 1 lg avocado peeled and diced
  • ½ sm red onion diced
  • ½ med jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 T cilantro fresh, finely chopped
  • 3 T fresh lime juice


  • Using a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the spicy Cajun seasoning. Stir to combine and set aside. 
    dry seasoning for fish in bowl
  • Using a large bowl, combine the mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, garlic, and fresh cilantro. Add fresh lime juice and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir to combine and set aside. 
    chopped avocado, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, mango and lime for salsa on cutting board
  • Rinse the fish under cold water, then dry any excess moisture off the fillets with paper towels. Place the fish on a clean dry work surface and sprinkle the Spicy Cajun Seasoning on both sides of the fillets. Rub gently to ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed and adheres well. 
    raw fish on platter with bowl of seasoning beside
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat to medium-high heat. Place the seasoned fish fillets into the hot pan and cook until they are nice and golden brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork, approximately 3-5 minutes per side. Cook time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.
    red snapper fried in cast iron skillet
  • Transfer fish to a serving platter. Serve immediately with some of the mango-avocado salsa on top.
    cajun fried fish with salsa on serving platter


Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 875mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 223IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fish, Quick
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