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Naples Fishing Recipes: Blackened Drum

By November 11, 2016March 3rd, 2018Fishing Recipes


Blackened Drum

If you haven’t tried black drum before, I highly recommend you do! Black drum is a mild, sweet-flavored white fish with large, moist flakes. If you like red snapper, you’ll definitely enjoy this fish. They’re great for baking, broiling, grilling, and sautéing. Below, I’ve shared a delicious recipe for Blackened Drum with some tasty herb butter to throw on top. This fish pairs nicely with veggies like sweet potatoes and green beans. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Drum

1 cup Cajun blackening spice
1 tablespoon kosher salt, if needed
6 skinless black drum fillets
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
Herb Butter, recipe follows, for serving
Ingredients for Herb Butter
1 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup lemon juice plus 2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the blackened drum: Combine the blackening spice and salt, reducing or omitting the salt as needed (taste the spice mix first as some brands already have salt added). Spread the spice mixture on a plate and coat each side of the fish fillets.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the grapeseed oil, gently lay the fish in the skillet and sear until the spices have blackened and formed a nice crust on the fish, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently flip the fish and sear on the second side for 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from the pan and allow the fillets to rest for a few minutes before plating.
For the herb butter, Combine the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and parsley in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: about 1 pound.
Recipe and photo courtesy of: Robert Irvine,

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