Redfish Ryan

Prep Time: 1 hour
Yields: 6 Servings

Captain Ryan Lamberts of Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras, Louisiana is not only well known for delivering sports fishermen to the catch, but is also quite a cook. This recipe emerged from his need to make use of a great day's catch of redfish. You are welcome to substitute red snapper, speckled trout or flounder in this recipe.

6 (6-8 ounce) redfish fillets, skinned and cleaned
1/4 pound butter
1 cup minced onions
1 cup minced bell peppers
1/4cup chopped garlic
1 cup chopped green onions, divided
1 pound (70-90 ounce) shrimp, peeled and deveined, divided
1 pound crabmeat, picked and divided
2 tbsps lemon juice, divided
4 slices white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning to taste
1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
6 slices Creole tomato
6 slices lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups half and half


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse fillets well, pat dry with paper towels and place on a large baking sheet. Set aside. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers and minced garlic and saute 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add 1/2 cup of green onions and sauté until wilted. Add half of shrimp and crabmeat and sauté until shrimp are pink and curled. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and cubed white bread and stir to absorb liquid from mixture. Season to taste with Cajun seasoning and add additional Italian bread crumbs to achieve the moist stuffing consistency. Set aside. Season redfish fillets lightly with Cajun seasoning. Place an equal portion of stuffing over 3 fillets and cover with the other fillets to create a sandwich effect. Place 2 slices each of tomatoes and lemon over redfish and season lightly with Cajun seasoning. Drizzle each fillet with an equal portion of olive oil. Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes or until fish cooked thoroughly and stuffing is hot. A thermometer inserted into fillets should register 140 degrees F. To create a sauce, in a saute pan, heat melted butter over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/2 cup of green onions and saute 2-3 minutes. Add remaining shrimp and crabmeat and cook until shrimp are pink and curled. Add remaining tablespoon of lemon juice and half and half cream then bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until cream is reduced to 1 and 1/2 cups and slightly thickened. Season to taste using Cajun seasoning. When ready to serve, cut each stuffed fillet in half to create 6 portions. Place 1 portion in center of a serving plate and top with an equal amount of sauce.