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Naples Fishing Recipes: Pompano en Papillote

By June 16, 2016March 1st, 2018Fishing Recipes

Here’s a great New Orleans take on preparing pompano! This recipe allows you to enjoy this tasty, white meat with a bunch of spices. Enjoy! 

Pompano en Papillote

Serves: 1-2


1 small whole pompano, dressed, about 1 pound

3 Tbs olive oil

Salt and fresh black pepper

½ pound crab meat, picked for cartilage

1 Tbs chopped garlic

1 piece of parchment

2 Tbs chopped parsley

½ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup chopped shallots
½ pound cubed butter, cold

5 sprigs fried parsley


Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning)

2 ½ Tbs paprika

2 Tbs salt

2 Tbs garlic powder

1 Tbs black pepper

1 Tbs onion powder

1 Tbs cayenne pepper

1 Tbs dried leaf oregano

1 Tbs dried thyme


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Season the fish with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and fresh black pepper. In a saute pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil is hot, saute the fish for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the fish from the pan. In a mixing bowl, toss the crab meat with the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the crab meat mixture over the fish. Fold the parchment in half lengthwise, and place the fish on one half of the paper. Fold the remaining half over the fish and roll the edges of the paper up to seal the fish tightly in the bag. The parchment bag should form the shape of the fish. Place the parchment bag on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. In a sauce pan, combine the parsley, lemon juice and shallots. Bring the liquid up to a simmer and reduce the liquid by half, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the cold butter until all the butter is incorporated. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. To assemble, using a knife, cut the top of the bag to expose the fish. Spoon the sauce over the fish and garnish with fried parsley and Essence

Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning): Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container. Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe courtesy of: Emeril Lagasse,

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Staff Writer

I write fishing articles for Chasin' Tales Charters from time to time.