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25 Best Grouper Recipes

You might have come across a new item in the seafood aisle and want to give it a try. Looking for a red grouper recipe?

Grouper Recipes

What is a grouper anyway? A lovely, white fish that is so flexible and easy to prepare.

Have frozen grouper fillets that you are trying to use? You will be sure to find the recipe for a grouper fillet that fits your cravings and your spice cabinet!

You can find grouper recipes that go with pasta, veggies, stews, or even that work with taco night!

Read on for these 25 unique and diverse grouper recipes and see which one strikes your fancy.

1. Pan-Seared Grouper with Lemon Caper Sauce

Looking for a good grouper recipe that can come together with what you have in your pantry?

This pan-seared grouper with a lemon caper sauce may sound high maintenance, but it is actually such a flexible recipe.

You can add in a handful of fresh herbs of your choosing. The recipe is not specific!

You can also use this opportunity to try out whatever seasonal veggies are in your garden or available at a local farmer’s market.

Maybe in the summer, this recipe could turn into a crispy, basil-forward meal!     

2. Grilled Grouper

This grilled grouper recipe is seriously restaurant quality. You will be amazed that you can make this dish at home when you would probably spend big bucks on it at a fancy dinner place.

The subtle but aromatic flavours of parsley and scallion give this dish a nice touch of flavour overpowering the natural taste of the other flavours.

Serve this grilled grouper over white rice or with a side of crusty bread to sop up the delicious, lemony sauce.

3. Oven-Baked Parmesan Grouper Fillets

Need a low-effort weeknight meal that still satisfies your cravings? This recipe for oven-baked parmesan grouper fillets is seriously your new go-to.

It is also great to serve guests. It comes together quickly but looks and tastes divine!

This recipe is so quick and easy. It really takes just takes a few minutes of prep and then another few minutes in the oven.

The grouper fillets come out light and flaky. The heft in this recipe comes from the creamy sauce.

4. Mediterranean-Style Baked Grouper

Looking for a grouper fish recipe for an internationally-inspired meal? Impress your guests (or your family) with a variety of fresh flavours with this Mediterranean-style baked grouper.

The tomatoes and olives in this recipe meld together to create a lovely acidic and umami flavour.

A few Mediterranean seasonings also give this dish a nice kick.

This recipe is an awesome idea for a picnic or other outdoor feast. You can even serve it cold as an appetizer with some bread slices or crackers.

5. Pan-seared Grouper with Lemon Butter

Trying to keep a short grocery list but still want a nice recipe on hand? This simple and elegant grouper dish requires just a few essential ingredients but tastes so good.

This recipe for pan-seared grouper with lemon butter works with either fresh or frozen groups.

The compound lemon butter is the secret ingredient to give this recipe a rich overtone.

Serve with asparagus or over a bed of cooked spinach. A carb-like polenta, rice, or bread will also pair nicely with the delicate, melted lemon butter

6. Crispy Fried Grouper

Craving something salty and fried but trying to keep it healthy? It might sound too good to be true but this recipe for crispy fried grouper is much more nutritious than another fried equivalent.

You’ll be whisked straight to the south with these heavenly fried grouper fillets. Whip up your own dipping sauce, like a remoulade, or you can use the pre-made variety.

Either way will taste great when paired with these delicious morsels!

The recipe is not specific but if you are a fan of spice, make sure to serve with your favourite hot sauce, like Tobasco or Crystal.

7. Key West-style Baked Grouper

You will not be surprised to see Key lime juice in this recipe for this Key West-style baked grouper.

However, you might be surprised to see the secret ingredients of orange juice and oranges in this limey, tropical delight!

This is one of the best grouper recipes for a tropical-themed party or just a summer dinner party.

The lime and orange juices make this dish so tart and refreshing.

It will be hard to believe you are not sitting seaside on the bright blue waters of the Florida Keys!

8. Super Grouper

What is super grouper? A fun name for a delightful and simple grouper recipe that you can probably pull together in minutes with ingredients you already have.  

Paprika and white pepper are the secret ingredient seasonings that give this super grouper recipe a real kick.

You can even spice it up even more with a pinch of cayenne, a dash of red pepper flake, or your favourite hot sauce.

If you don’t have lemon, you can substitute lime or even orange juice!

9. Grilled Grouper

Looking for healthy grouper recipes that don’t require tons of butter or breading? You are in luck with this light and easy grilled grouper recipe.

Grilling the grouper brings out a nice rich and smoky flavour that you might not get from pan-searing or baking.

You’ll be happy you pulled out the grill for this one.

This grilled grouper recipe makes great hours deserves and can be served hot or cold. Pair it with a sliced baguette or a plate of crostini to really make it special.

10. Pan-Seared Grouper

Trying to impress? Need a unique recipe for your dinner guests? You will really wow them with the beautiful flavours in this recipe for pan-seared grouper with balsamic brown butter sauce.

Your guests will seriously be licking the plate when they are done with this dish. Its rich brown sauce delights the palate and is really the star of the show.

This recipe works great when paired with a cooked vegetable. If you are serving this during the cold weather months, it would be great along with roasted root veggies.

11. Pan-Seared Grouper Sandwiches

What is more low-effort than a sandwich? This is one of the yummiest and easiest recipes for grouper you will find.

Plus, this is one of the few lunch-friendly grouper recipes.

The bright citrusy “Majo Mayo” is more like aioli and is the secret ingredient to give this grouper sandwich a bright burst of flavour.

Top the sandwich with a nice slice of tomato and a romaine leaf. Play around with your favourite sandwich toppings.

Maybe a smear of avocado or a sprinkle of Dijon mustard?

12. Grouper Piccata

Craving Italian food but trying not to be too indulgent with your takeout? Make this light and healthy grouper piccata!

It tastes just like you ordered out, but way cheaper.

When it comes to grouper recipes in the oven, this one is not your usual baked fish dish. The lemon and caper really pop and as the grouper bakes the flavours strengthen.

Serve this grouper piccata alongside pasta or even on top! Angel hair or spaghetti will work great and will soak up the citrusy sauce.

13. Grilled Grouper Tacos Recipe

This is one of the basic grouper recipes that you will certainly be returning to every week.

Take taco night to another level with this bright and refreshing recipe for grilled grouper tacos.

A lot of fish tacos are made with simple fish like tilapia or sometimes salmon. But try out grouper tacos and you will be sure to have a new favourite filling.

You can really play with this flexible recipe to make it your own. Substitute ingredients as you see fit.

Maybe try a salsa verde or cotija cheese as your fixings.

14. Ceviche de Pescado

Ceviche is probably one of the most refreshing and delicious meals out there, especially for seafood recipes.

Make this amazing grouper meal with just a few ingredients, like lime and avocado.

You can serve this ceviche de Pescado as an appetizer or as the main dish.

The recipe tastes great when topped on a crispy tortilla shell or fried tortilla. You can also pack this recipe in the cooler and bring it to your picnic or beach day.

Your guests and friends will be so happy to have this unique and delightful dish instead of the usual chips and salsa!

15. Grilled Grouper

Trying to shake things up with your usual grill night menu? Forget the dogs and burgers (though yummy!)

and kick things up a notch with this outstanding grilled grouper recipe.

A herby coating of dill, thyme and scallion makes this recipe really pop. You can substitute ingredients based on what you have on hand.

For instance, tarragon would work in place of dill.

Be sure to use extra-virgin olive oil to bring out the subtle flavours of this dish. The better quality the ingredients, the better quality of the final product

16. Grouper Fillets with Ginger and Coconut Curry

You might think of fish as a dish for warm weather, or something that has to be grilled or baked. But a recipe like this one will change your thinking!

This recipe for grouper fillets with ginger and coconut curry is packed with flavour. It makes great leftovers because the flavours only deepen as they rest together.

Plus, this dish perfectly warms you up on a cold day. Feeling under the weather? The ginger and other spices will not only boost your immune system, but they’ll be sure to clear your sinuses!

17. Grouper Stew with Potatoes and Pepper

Looking for a great make-ahead dish that will keep lots of bellies full? Make this grouper stew with potatoes and pepper for dinner this week!

Bell pepper and oregano are the secret ingredients to give this dish an aromatic bouquet that will fill your entire house with delightful scents.

Potato also adds an essential heartiness to make this stew extra filling.

Everyone will have their stomachs rumbling when they know you are cooking up this dish! Canned tomato saves times and makes this another pantry-friendly dish, as well.

18. Crab Crusted Grouper

Skip the fancy steakhouse or seafood restaurant for tonight and focus your energy on whipping up this incredible and luxurious recipe.

This is one of the grouper fish recipes that make grouper look like the 5-star fish it is!

Crab-crusted grouper is exactly what it sounds like: a hearty grouper fillet covered in a delicious and rich crab coating.

Jalapeño is the secret ingredient to give this otherwise creamy dish a kick of bright flavour.

Mozzarella cheese and bell pepper also add to this dish’s delicious taste.

19. Popcorn Grouper Nuggets

Sometimes we get those cravings that we just can’t kick. And sometimes you can’t make it down to the pier or your favourite seafood restaurant to satisfy yourself.

So what do you do when you’re craving the crispy fried crunch of fish nuggets? You make them at home, of course!

You do not even need a deep fryer at home to get these professional-quality popcorn grouper nuggets looking golden brown and perfectly fried.

The recipe recommends Fulton fish market seafood remoulade but you can substitute your own homemade version with ingredients you have on hand.

20. Easy Grilled Grouper with Mango Salsa

This is one of the grouper dishes that is just so refreshing and bright that you will feel like you are breathing on a warm summer day no matter what time of year you eat it.

Did we sell you on it yet? This easy – seriously, easy! – grilled grouper with mango salsa recipe is simple and delicious.

You might find yourself going out of your way to pick up mango just so you can make it. Grilling the grouper also keeps this recipe low-calorie and low cholesterol!

21. Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

Grouper might not always sound like the most indulgent fish, but you will be amazed at how spectacular grouper can sound and taste with this recipe for grouper with crabmeat sauce.

Since you will already be in the seafood aisle, it should be easy enough to pick up a container of crab meat – fresh or frozen will do just fine.

Serve this recipe with all the seafood fixings: corn, potatoes, cornbread, you name it! This dish also works great as a classy entrée alongside a baguette and a side veggie.

22. Seafood Risotto Recipe

Risotto might seem like one of those things that are better left to the experts, but that’s just not true! If you follow the directions carefully, risotto is actually so simple.

This recipe for seafood risotto, featuring grouper, of course, is no different. It might seem like something you would see on a restaurant menu, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to make it.

Trust yourself – and the recipe – and bring together this aromatic and tasty dish in mere minutes!

23. Grouper with Lemon-Basil Cream Sauce

Whisk your dinner guests right to the coast of Italy with this lovely, Italian-inspired grouper with lemon-basil cream sauce.

Heavy cream and white wine are the secret ingredients to give this sauce its decadent flavour that will make your grouper stand out as the amazing fish it is!

The recipe calls for Land O’Lakes butter with olive oil, but you can easily substitute the ingredient for a combination of butter and olive oil.

Trying to keep it lower fat? Also, try substituting the heavy cream for lower-fat milk or non-dairy milk

24. Easy Grilled Grouper

You might scoff when you see “easy” in the recipe name for anything, but especially a fish dish!

Trust us when we see that you can make this grilled grouper recipe happen! You will be glad when you did when you taste this flakey and buttery grouper for dinner.

A Key lime butter is a secret ingredient to make this “easy” grilled grouper recipe taste as you toiled over it for hours.

The unique citrus of the Key lime and the creamy, salty butter will make this grouper shine.

25. Paul’s Grilled Grouper

This recipe known as Paul’s grilled grouper recipe might just become your new favourite. It requires a pretty hefty shopping list but it is so worth it for the result you get.

Cayenne, paprika and black pepper give this grouper a hefty kick of flavour, and you can tinker with cayenne depending on your spice preferences.

Orange juice is once again the secret ingredient to make this grouper come alive (not literally!) with flavour and bite.

The recipe recommends serving this with an arugula and orange salad, a lovely addition to an already delightful main dish.

25 Best Grouper Recipes

25 Best Grouper Recipes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 2 lbs fresh grouper fillets
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • ½ c grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ c butter, softened
  • 3 tbsps mayonnaise
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Arrange oven with rack on the highest level. Prep a baking sheet with oil or butter.
  2. In a small bowl, mix butter, mayo, Parmesan, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Pat grouper fillets dry on both sides and arrange on baking sheet.
  4. Squeeze half of the lemon over the fillets, being sure to prevent seeds from falling out. Brush to distribute juice equally.
  5. Turn the oven’s broiler on high and let it warm up a few seconds.
  6. Broil the fillets for about 5 minutes, watching carefully to see that they don’t brown too quickly. When they look opaque and you can flake them with a fork, remove.
  7. Remove tray from the oven. Spread the butter mixture evenly on top of fillets. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, if using.
  8. Return fillets to broiler for about another 30 seconds. Top will be brown and bubbly, with a crispy finish.
  9. Remove from oven and serve with the rest of the lemon juice squeezed on top. Enjoy!

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