The Best Way to Cook Redfish [10 Amazing Redfish Recipes]


You ready to cook some redfish?

And do you want to know the best way to cook redfish?

Although I’m a huge proponent of catch and release when it comes to redfish, every once and a while I love the taste of a few fresh redfish filets.

There’s just something special about being able to catch your own meal… it’s something that appeals to almost every outdoorsman.

And redfish is possibly the most famous inshore saltwater species out there in America.

They can be found all the way up the east coast (even up to Maine), and all the way as far west as Texas.

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Because redfish are so widely available (and so tasty), we have gotten a lot of requests for THE BEST redfish recipes out there.

Well folks, here you go.

Look no further on the best ways to cook redfish.

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(in no particular order)

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Jacob Bratton (intern at Salt Strong who helped create this redfish recipe post) with a nice Florida redfish

Below are 10 mouth-watering, lip-smacking, lip-smacking redfish recipes that are sure to make your taste-buds tingle.

As a side note, remember for the best results always put your redfish straight on the ice as soon as you catch it and cook it as soon as possible for the freshest tasting meal possible.

Enjoy and send us pics of your cooked redfish.

1. Redfish On The Half Shell

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If you’re tired of just baking your redfish the normal way, try doing them on the half-shell.

This Louisiana classic is an easy and delicious way to serve redfish. Leaving them with the “shell” on makes the filets look amazing too.

This recipe is extremely fast and easy! Seriously, it is less than 25 minute’s total prep time!

The full recipe for Redfish on the Half-Shell can be found here.

2. Blackened Redfish

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This may be my favorite way to cook redfish.

Something about the texture of a well-blackened redfish is amazing.

There is an art to blackening fish so you may not get it perfect the first time.

However, once you get it down, blackened redfish just may be your new favorite. has a killer blackened redfish recipe.

Check out the full recipe here.

3. Grilled Redfish and Crab Meat with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Did someone say crab meat?

And did I hear butter sauce in there?

Just tell me where to sign!

Whether you’re trying to really wow your friends and family or trying to channel your inner Rachel Ray, this is a great recipe to try.

Consider this the BMW of redfish recipes. Instead of the ultimate driving machine, its the ultimate redfish recipe. Refined, tasty, and sure to take your pallet on a luxurious ride.

This recipe is more difficult and requires more prep time but its well worth it.

The full redfish with crabmeat recipe can be found here.

Note: want to catch more redfish? Check out our SUPER-Community here.

4. Blackened Redfish Tacos

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I’ll just leave this here:

“I am always on the hunt for a good fish taco and try them at restaurants all the time… and these are better than 98% of them.”

The author was not lying…

These redfish tacos are amazing.

If you’ve never had a fish taco, its time you start with these.

Check out the best redfish taco recipe I’ve found here.

5. Blackened-Redfish Sandwich with Miso Mayonnaise

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Redfish sandwich for lunch?

The cool thing about redfish is that it is good in such a variety of ways!

In my opinion, this is the best redfish sandwich for a light lunch.

It is simple to prepare and tastes delicious.

ADDED BONUS: the mayonnaise you learn how to make is really good on a lot more than just this sandwich.

Go ahead click this link and try making this amazing redfish sandwich today.

6. Buffalo Grilled Redfish

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If it’s from Publix, you know its good.

This recipe is a phenomenal twist on redfish.

When I think of cooking fish, I don’t usually think about making it with buffalo sauce. However, it really works in this recipe.

Best of all, you can add all of the ingredients to your Publix shopping list on the website. Publix: always keeping it classy.

Here is the link to the full buffalo grilled redfish recipe.

7. Sautéed Redfish

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If you’re looking for the healthiest way to prepare some delicious redfish, this is the recipe for you.

Trust me, just because its healthy doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste amazing. The combination of redfish and fresh veggies is a great one.

Humor the health-nut in your family today; make some sautéed redfish.

Here is the recipe for sauteed redfish.

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8. Parchment Roasted Redfish

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Here is a recipe I’d be willing to bet you’ve never tried!

This recipe is another healthy one. It’s a great way to preserve the natural flavor of your redfish filets.

It’s also very simple and quick to make.

This one is another winner for anyone who loves the taste of fish but doesn’t always love all the calories that come with most fish recipes.

The recipe for this healthy roasted redfish can be found here.

9. Louisiana Redfish En Papillote

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Just look at that picture. This may be the most aesthetic way to cook redfish I’ve seen.

It’s also delicious.

I believe that this redfish recipe is a real crowd pleaser for both its looks and its taste.

This Louisiana-inspired redfish recipe is one that you have to try!

Check out the full recipes and pics here.

10. Cajun Blackened Redfish

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It was Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Redfish Magic that made blackened redfish popular…

But it was the fishermen in Louisiana (and a few in Texas) who made cajun blackened redfish such a sought-after dish.

It’s tough to go wrong with this dish, and even your friends who say they don’t like fish because it “tastes fishy,” will like this one.

Enjoy and here is the full recipe.

Bonus Redfish Recipe – Cream of Redfish Soup

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We couldn’t finish this ultimate redfish recipe post without talking about a redfish soup.

I personally don’t think that I had ever tried making a soup with any fish I’d caught before I found this recipe.

While this takes a little longer to prepare (2 hours), I would highly recommend it for a starter if you’re having some guests over.

It is great for those “cool” winter days in Florida.

Here is the recipe for this delicious soup.


Pretty awesome redfish recipes, huh?

I can’t wait to try a couple of these out myself.

Which one was your favorite?

Did we forget any redfish recipes that you love?

Let us know in the comments.

And if you want to see some of our other most popular fish recipes posts, check these out:

  • Best Mahi Recipes (see them here)
  • Best Grouper Recipes (see them here)
  • Best Salmon Recipes (see them here)
  • Best Red Snapper Recipes (see them here)

Note: If you want to catch redfish, then be sure to check out this article:

The Best Lures For Catching Redfish [Video]

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1 year ago

Sleeping on redfish enchiladas

1 year ago

Oh, these recipes looks so good! My mouth is already watering 😆 In my little family, we seldom eat fish, because the selection in stores (not US) are so Limited.. And it’s expensive.. Oh yeah and well.. we just don’t have the experience in cooking it 😬😔😆 But we actually all, love fish! Even our children! So I will have to try several of these recipes! Thanks a lot! 😄👍👍

K Fort
2 years ago

Red Fish are found on this side of continent, too. As are: Albacore Tuna, Salmon, Steelhead, Flounder, Sea Bass, Halibut & Cod the size of a full grown man, Smelt, All manner of “Rock Fish”, and mu-u-ch more.
Then there is Dungeness Crab, and so many clams they almost jump in your bucket (if you know where to look).

Come on out to Newport, or Depoe Bay and go fishun.

4 years ago

Red fish white wine

Steven Free
5 years ago

Ha and as luck would have it my occupation is a cook at a nursing home so doing these and others i have is no problem we here in northeast fl jax area specifically heve a free newspaper call the fishing connection and every monthly issue there is a recipe for fish and before I recycle them I cut the recipe out of each issue I probably have over a 100 so far but these look great I love to grill my fish I put the fish on a thing called a yoshi mat its believe it or not a piece of plastic that is for grilling that can handle up to 500 degrees!! Anyways i melt some butter mixed with about a tablespoon of keylime juice with some fresh garlic as much as you like I grill the fish on the butter but before placing some of the butter on the mat I sprinkle about a teaspoon of some zatterans Cajun seasoning about 3 to 4 min on each side on high heat with the lid of the grill open perfect every time and for those that dont have the mat thick tinfoil works just as well just be sure its not the cheap thin kind and spray it with cooking spray before putting the fish on it enjoy????

Gene Hammond
5 years ago

Cookbook!! You should sell a cookbook with all species….

Kimberly Clouden
5 years ago

Thank you Jacob, can’t wait to try some of these…

Scott Thomas
5 years ago

Don’t forget the redfish picatta…yum!


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