Black Drum Menuière with Louisiana Crawfish
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Serves: 4
  • • 4 (4 to 6-ounce) fillets of black drum, skin removed
  • • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • • 4 tablespoons Acadiana Table Cajun Seasoning Blend, see recipe here
  • • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) of unsalted butter
  • • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • • ¾ cup diced yellow onion
  • • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • • Juice of ½ lemon
  • • Zest of ½ lemon
  • • 2 pounds fresh Louisiana crawfish tail meat
  • • 4 lemon wedges
  1. Remove the fish fillets to a cutting board and inspect them carefully, removing any small bones.
  2. In a shallow container, add the flour and 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, and blend.
  3. Remove the fish fillets and sprinkle lightly with the remaining 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning. Place the fillets in the seasoned flour and roll them to coat on both sides.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 stick of butter and vegetable oil. Shake any excess flour off each fillet and place in the hot skillet being careful not to crowd the pan. Sauté the fillets until crisp on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a platter and keep warm. Repeat until all the fish is cooked.
  5. In the same skillet on low heat, pour off the oil and add the remaining 1 stick of butter along with the diced onions. Stir the mixture carefully and watch as both the onions and the butter begin to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, lemon juice and zest, and crawfish tail meat, and sauté for another 5 minutes until heated through. Keep warm for serving.
  6. For plating, place a sautéed fish fillet in the center of the plate and spoon over the crawfish menuière sauce. Serve with a lemon wedge on the side.
Crawfish tail meat is sold in 1-pound vacuum-packed bags on the Louisiana Direct Seafood SHOP site. Be generous with the crawfish sauce, but any leftovers (if there are any) can be served over rice the next day.
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