Cajun Blackened Redfish


This delicious blackened redfish (also called red drum) is quick and easy to prepare. I created this recipe when I was 14 years old and it's still one of my favorites. It's best to use fresh-caught redfish, but you can use frozen too.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets red drum

  • 1 ¼ cups Italian-style salad dressing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place melted butter in a shallow bowl. Mix cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon-pepper seasoning, garlic powder, and salt together in a small bowl. Dip fillets into butter, then sprinkle with seasoning mixture on both sides.

  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add fish and sear until slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer fillets to an 11x7-inch baking dish and pour Italian dressing over top.

  5. Cover and bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes.


Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of Italian dressing. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
38g Fat
9g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 2078mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 372mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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