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Red drum, also known as redfish, channel bass, and red bass, is a popular game fish this time of year. It gets its name from not only its color but also because they can produce a “drumming” sound using special muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder, like fingers rubbing on a balloon.

This fish offers a light flavor profile, thus is very versatile in its preparation options. Red drum can be cooked on the stove, in the oven, in the broiler or on the grill (see recipe below). The simplest method of cooking a red drum requires only oil, salt, and black pepper.  You can also add herbs, garlic, lemon juice and other seasonings to your taste.

However you prepare it, make sure it comes from Motts Channel Seafood, where fresh it best!


Red Drum

Local, Large Shrimp 


Recipe credit: Screen name Buster's Friend as published by 
Photo credit: Screen name Pete K

Serves 4 to 6 as an entree.

Click here for a link to our online recipe.

  • 3 lbs. Motts Channel Seafood red drum fillets, skin on but scaled 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons green peppers, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
  • 12 ounces beer (see suggestion below)
  1. Set a medium fire in the grill.
  2. Rinse filets and pat dry. Sprinkle cut sides with garlic and pepper, pressing them gently onto filets.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning, garlic, onion, green pepper, parsley.
  4. Stir and sauté until onion translucent and sauce darkened and slightly thickened. Do not burn garlic - it will become bitter & spoil baste.
  5. Add the bottle of beer, a 2nd tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce & simmer 15 minutes on medium-high heat.
  6. Lay filets onto oiled grill grates or place on oiled aluminum foil over grill grates. Cook 20 minutes over low-medium heat, raising lid only to baste generously. Done when thickest area of fillet flakes easily. Enjoy!
Recipe - Beer Recommendation

The Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum on the Grill recipe above calls for 12 ounces of beer. So, of course, we asked our friends at Lighthouse Beer and Wine what they would suggest.

They recommend Lynwood Brewing Company’s Czech Yourself Pilsner. It’s a dry clean lager in the German tradition with a Pilsner malt character. It offers a spicy noble hop aroma and a moderate bitterness lasting to the finish. The recipe calls for 12 ounces, this can comes in 16 ounces so you can have a little bit extra of this easy drinking beer to enjoy all to yourself.
In stock now at Lighthouse Beer and Wine.
Re-Stock Your Seasonings Shelf

Louisiana Brand Cajun Seasoning is an all-purpose seasoning is perfect for meat, fish, vegetables, soups, salads, or anything else you can think of. Use as you would salt & pepper on anything you cook for a perfectly seasoned dish every time. Also great on salads!

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