Welcome to Rice Cookers 101! If you’re looking to add some spice and zest to your rice dish, you’re in the right place. Today, we’ll be sharing an incredibly delicious recipe for spicy snapper rice that will leave your taste buds wanting more. With a few simple ingredients and a trusty rice cooker, you’ll have a satisfying meal that’s sure to impress. So, fire up your rice cooker and let’s get cooking! We’ve made this spicy snapper rice recipe easy to follow 👨‍🍳. If you’re looking for our favorite rice cookers to make this recipe, check out our list of top rice cookers here.

spicy snapper rice ingredients


  • 1-2 red snapper fillets
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse and pat dry the red snapper fillets. Set aside.
  2. Rinse the jasmine rice until the water runs clear.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the rice. Reduce heat to low and let the rice simmer for 18-20 minutes or until done.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil, onion, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the oregano, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper to the skillet and stir well.
  6. Add the diced red bell pepper and jalapeno pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the can of diced tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir well.
  8. Place the red snapper fillets on top of the tomato mixture and let cook for 5-7 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
  9. Serve the red snapper over a bed of jasmine rice and spoon the tomato mixture on top of the fish and rice.

spicy snapper rice

How long does spicy snapper rice last in the fridge?

Spicy snapper rice can typically be stored in the fridge after cooking for up to four days, as long as it is stored in an airtight container to prevent contamination and spoilage. It is important to ensure the rice is cooled to room temperature before transferring to the fridge to avoid condensation and bacteria growth. It is also recommended to reheat the rice thoroughly before consuming to kill any potential bacteria that may have developed during storage. While it is generally safe to consume leftovers within four days, it is always important to use your judgement and discard any food that displays signs of spoilage, such as an off odor, strange texture, or unusual color.

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Low calorie spicy snapper rice recipe substitutions

To make this recipe lower calorie, here are some substitutions that can be made: use brown rice instead of jasmine rice, decrease the amount of vegetable oil to 1 tablespoon, replace the red snapper with a leaner white fish such as cod or tilapia, and omit the canned diced tomatoes or reduce the amount used to reduce the sodium content. Additionally, the amount of salt used can be reduced or substituted with a low-sodium alternative to further decrease the calorie count. The recipe can also be adjusted to include more vegetables such as zucchini or carrots to add bulk without adding significant calories. Finally, the amount of cilantro can be increased to add flavor instead of using oil-heavy sauces or seasonings.

What to serve with a spicy snapper rice?

Spicy snapper rice pairs well with a refreshing side salad or roasted vegetables such as asparagus or broccoli. The mild flavors of the vegetables work well to balance out the heat in the snapper rice. If you prefer something heartier, consider serving it with a side of black beans or grilled corn, as these ingredients are also common in Latin American cuisine and complement the flavors of the dish. Adding a dollop of sour cream or guacamole on top of the snapper rice can also provide a cool and creamy contrast to the heat of the dish.

Whats the best sauce for a spicy snapper rice?

The best sauce for spicy snapper rice would be a tangy and mildly spicy tomato-based sauce. To make the sauce, saute chopped onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes in olive oil until soft and fragrant. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes until thickened, then stir in a squeeze of fresh lime juice. You can also add cilantro or parsley for added flavor. Pour the sauce over the cooked spicy snapper and rice for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Spicy snapper rice health benefits

Spicy snapper rice provides several health benefits. The snapper fish used in the recipe is a good source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, potassium, and selenium. The rice provides energy and dietary fiber, and the spicy seasonings like chili peppers can boost metabolism and aid in digestion. Additionally, studies have suggested that chili peppers may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therefore, spicy snapper rice can be a healthy and delicious dish to include in your diet. However, if you are looking for a different recipe that is even healthier, I would recommend a quinoa and roasted vegetable bowl. This dish includes nutrient-dense vegetables, high-protein quinoa, and healthy fats from avocado or nuts. It is a balanced and satisfying meal that promotes overall health and wellness.

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