Straight from Palau: a Scrumptious Grilled Red Snapper Recipe

Grilled Snapper, Palau Style

No matter the occasion, fish is always a good idea. It’s healthy, and you have so many different ways of preparing it. If you’re looking for something packed with flavor yet easy to make, this grilled snapper recipe from the island nation of Palau is just the thing.


  • one 3 lb Red Snapper, well cleaned and scaled
  • one 2″ Piece ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 cloves Garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsps Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsps Soy Sauce Dark mushroom flavored
  • 1 large Banana leaf
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • Parsley for serving (optional)

raw fresh red snapper with dill and lime slices
How to Prepare Grilled Snapper, Palau Style

Step 1

Take a piece of foil that is large enough to cover the snapper and place it on your countertop. Grab the banana leaf and run it over the flame on the stove to make it softer. Then, place it over the foil and under the fish.

Step 2

Mix the soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl and cover the underside of the fish with the mixture using a basting brush. Make sure to brush the cavity of the snapper, too.

Step 3

Make several slices on the top side of the fish and place the ginger, kaffir lime leaf, and garlic inside the cuts. Place the remaining garlic, ginger, and lime leaf into the cavity. Brush the top with more sauce (sesame oil + soy sauce).

red grilled snapper up close

Step 4

Wrap the snapper into the banana leaf and then the foil until it is nicely covered. Turn the grill on and set it on medium-high. Cook for about 15 minutes, turning over once. When the fish is tender and flaky, remove it from the heat, you don’t want to overcook it. Serve with rice on the side (pour any leftover sauce over it) and lime slices for freshness.