With Lent just around the corner, it’s time to start stockpiling fish recipes. And even if you don’t observe Lent, let us refresh your memory on how delicious (and nutritious!) fish can be, especially when it’s fresh and local and cooked right. Try this foolproof recipe for grilled Louisiana drum with a fresh filet from Pete and Clara’s Seafood, Anna Marie Seafood, or Des Allemands Outlaw Katfish available at Uptown, Downtown, Ochsner, and Bucktown markets.
Rinse the fish fillets and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the fillets on a baking sheet, season with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Top the fillets with the sliced garlic and drizzle with half of the oil. Use your fingers to distribute the oil and seasonings evenly over fish, then set the fish aside to marinate while you heat the grill.
Fire up your grill to a medium-high setting. (If you are using charcoal, the coals should be mostly white.) Place the fillets scale side down on the hot grill. Cover the grill and cook the fish without moving for 7 to 10 minutes, until it is just cooked through; it will flake easily when tested with a paring knife. (You can also cook the fish “on the half shell” on an oiled baking sheet in a 475*F oven for 6 to 8 minutes.)
Using a metal spatula, transfer the fillets to serving plates and top with sea salt and parsley, a little extra olive oil, and lemon juice.
Donald Link Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.