Smoky Citrus Butter-Baked Redfish

let’s sum it up:  Redfish are Great fish to catch – even better to eat…

Redfish, aka Red Drum or just Reds, is a great choice for baking because it’s firm and easy to handle. Its mild flavor makes it a great contender for bold spices–like Smoked Sweet Paprika. It’s a simple dish that delivers big flavor. Pop a sheet pan of this fish in the oven while you prep sides and a salad. Dinner will be served in under 30 minutes!


2 lbs Redfish filets, rinsed and patted dry

1 tsp salt

Dash Cayenne

2 tsp Smoked Sweet Paprika

Juice of one small lemon

3 Tbl finely chopped onion

1/4 cup melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and position a rack in the center. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with the salt, cayenne and Smoked Sweet Paprika. Place the filets with the side that once contained the skin facing up. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, onion and butter. Pour over fish filets. Bake until the fish is cooked through, opaque and flakes easily with a fork–about 15 minutes.

Redfish, aka Red Drum or just Reds, is a great choice for baking because it’s firm and easy to handle. Its mild flavor makes it a great contender for your dinner.


Scientific Name –  Black drum, P. cromis (has chin barbels and lacks spot on tail)

To be caught in Coastal waters. In winter, redfish are found in seagrass, over muddy or sand bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks.

Juvenile redfish are an inshore species until they reach roughly 30 inches (4 years). They then migrate to the nearshore population.

Prodigious spawners that produce tens of millions of eggs. Spawning season is from about August through December, in passes, inlets and lagoon estuaries around the state. During spawning season, redfish use special muscles rubbing against their air bladder to produce a “drumming” sound for which they are named.

Feed on fishes and invertebrates.

Fishing Tips and Facts: One of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for redfish. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.State Record: 52 lb 5 oz, caught near Cocoa (1996)


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