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Paul's Grilled Puppy Drum

My friend Paul makes this for his wife whenever he brings home puppy drum or redfish from a day out on the boat. Talk about good!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings (for very hungry people)


  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Emerilís Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • One 3 1/2 to 4-pound puppy drum or redfish, fillets removed with scales intact
  • One-fourth cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, thyme, basil, or chives


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high. Lay the fillets on the grill, scale side down, and brush generously with melted butter mixture. Close the grill cover and cook for 3 minutes. Open the grill and brush the fillets again generously with more melted butter mixture. Close the grill cover and cook for 3 additional minutes. Repeat this process until the flesh is firm and opaque, for a total cooking time of about 15 minutes for this size fish. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.

  • Note: I suggest serving this with some grilled veggies for a complete “al fresco” dining experience. We grilled zucchini slices (about ½-inch thick) in about the same time it took to grill the fish.