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Perfect Garlic Butter Redfish

Perfect Garlic Butter Blackened Redfish

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  • Author: Roz
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  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced or 2 Tbsp. of minced garlic in a jar (in the produce section next to the fresh garlic)
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted in a skillet
  • 1 bottle of Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning blend by Chef Paul Prudhomme

Seasoning mix:

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 21/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 (8- to 10-ounce) fish fillets, preferably redfish, pompano or tilefish, cut about 1/2-inch thick


Melt the stick of butter and add the minced garlic in.

Pour extra garlic butter into small ramekins to serve with the redfish.   (Melt more butter and add more garlic if you are serving more than 2 people as this recipe is for)

Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the smoking stage and you see white ash in the skillet bottom (the skillet cannot be too hot for this dish), at least 10 minutes.

Thoroughly combine seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl if you prefer to make the seasoned coating from scratch — OR use the pre-made Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning blend from Paul Prudhomme.

Brush each fillet with the melted butter and minced garlic so that both sides are well coated; then sprinkle Blackened Redfish Magic Seasoning mix generously and evenly on both sides of the fillets, patting it in by hand. Place fish in the hot skillet and pour 1 teaspoon melted butter on top of each fillet (be careful, as the butter may flame up).

Cook, uncovered, over the same high heat until the underside looks charred, about 2 – 4 minutes (the time will vary according to the fillet’s thickness and the heat of the skillet). Turn the fish over and again pour 1 teaspoon butter on top. Cook until fish is done, about 2 – 4 minutes more. Repeat with remaining fillets.

Serve each fillet while piping hot.

To serve, place one fillet and a ramekin of butter on each heated serving plate.


Redfish and pompano are ideal for this method of cooking. If tilefish is used, you may have to split the fillets in half horizontally to have the proper thickness. If you can’t get any of these fish, drum, salmon steaks or red snapper fillets can be substituted. In any case, the fillets or steaks must not be more than 3/4 inch thick.


  • Serving Size: 2
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