Hot Cajun Fish (Red Snapper) Dip

Tender chunks of fish (red snapper) blended with the holy trinity (a Cajun cuisine staple) and I can’t forget about the cheese! This creamy Hot Cajun Fish Dip is a household favorite and will be perfect for your next gathering!

Hot Cajun Fish Dip

Being a Louisiana native I grew up eating all types of seafood. My father used to go fishing and bring back buckets full of shellfish. However, because of my diet has changed over the years, I’m always looking for creative ways to incorporate fish (in lieu of shellfish) — even in recipes where you would traditionally find other ingredients.

In a seafood dip, you may be expecting crab, shrimp, or crawfish. Right? But, in this dip, I’m using fish. Specifically, red snapper.

Hot Cajun Fish Dip

Switching out this one ingredient allows me to enjoy an appetizer I grew up on and enjoyed for so many years. Plus, for those who have shellfish allergies, this one is especially for you. This recipe still delivers on those seafood and Cajun vibes without compromising on flavor.

Overhead shot of Hot Cajun Fish Dip

My mother was famous for her tuna fish sandwiches so I took a page out of her book with my own spin in this creamy recipe. The mild flavors from red snapper combined with flavors from the holy trinity (that onion, celery, and bell pepper combination) make this an awesome appetizer.

What type of fish can I use in this Cajun dip?

This dip works best with a firm white fish, like red snapper, halibut, or cod. You’ll want to stray away from any light and flaky white fish as this will simply break apart in the dip and you won’t have those tasty chunks of fish in every bite. Red snapper is a lean fish that is very moist with a firm texture.

Did you know? Red snapper is a fish species of snapper native to the Atlantic Ocean including the Gulf of Mexico. The red snapper population took a dip in the 1980s but now is back to a better place.

How to Make Cajun Fish Dip:

This dip begins with the fish. After filleting your red snapper to remove the skin, you’ll season and cook it for only 2 minutes each side. You are cooking it quickly in the pan now as it will continue to cook in the oven as the dip bakes.

Chopping ingredients in food processor

Cut your celery, red bell peppers, and green onions into chunks and place them into your food processor (paid link). Once these ingredients are finely chopped, add the parsley and basil to the food processor (paid link) as well and continue to chop. Remove from the processor and add it to the same bowl.

Adding chopped red snapper to bowl of ingredients

Chop your cooked red snapper into small chunks and place in a large bowl with the cream cheese. Note: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This ensures all ingredients blend together a lot easier.

Finish by adding all remaining ingredients leaving a half cup of Monterey Jack cheese to the side.

Blending dip ingredients in a large bowl

You will then trim the top off of a Pane Toscano Loaf (or similar bread) and remove the insides to create a “bowl”.

Adding fish dip to bread bowl

Add the fish mixture inside the bread loaf and top off with remaining cheese. After baking at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, you can serve your fish dip with toasted baguettes.

What type of bread should I use for the bread bowl?

The bonus with this recipe is enjoying the bread from the loaf that was soaked in the flavors of the dip. To create the bread bowl, you want to grab a boule or cob. Both are large rounded shaped bread loaves.

Cajun hot fish dip ready for dipping

Be very careful when taste-testing this dish because you may end up eating the entire bowl without sharing — as I am guilty of doing “lol”! When you want to put a spin on your appetizer, give this Hot Cajun Fish Dip a spot on your table for all to devour.

Dipping toasted baguette into hot fish dip

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Hot Cajun Fish Dip

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Tender chunks of fish are blended with cream cheese, peppers, cheese, and Cajun seasonings to create a tasty Hot Cajun Fish Dip! The perfect appetizer.


Units Scale
  • 16 oz. Pane Toscano Loaf
  • 1/2 lb. Red Snapper Fish Filet
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Whole Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Green onion
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp. Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Paprika


  1. Removing the skin from the red snapper. Season with salt and black pepper. Pan fry for 2 minutes each side.
  2. Cut celery, red bell pepper, and green onion into chunks and chop using a food processor (paid link). Once chopped, add basil and parsley into the food processor (paid link) as well. Chop together for a few seconds.
  3. Cut your cooked fish into small chunks.
  4. Place all ingredients into a large bowl leaving 1/2 cup of Monterey Cheese to the side for topping. Mix well until smooth then set to the side.
  5. Cut the top off of the bread loaf and remove the inner dough to create a bowl. Add the fish mixture inside of the bread then top off with remaining cheese.
  6. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.



Feel free to increase the amount of fish for this recipe. A full pound would work as well. 

You can substitute crab, lobster, shrimp, or crawfish for the fish in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Cajun


  • Calories: 705
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 1661mg
  • Fat: 36.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.4g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 49g
  • Cholesterol: 131mg

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  1. I just made this for the Superbowl and it was BANGING!!! I didn’t have any fresh basil and I added some chopped fresh spinach I had in my fridge and it was still delicious.

    1. Eric Jones says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Lady Z! I make it every year for the game and it is a winner!