Brigtsen’s Pan-Fried Drum Fish with Shrimp Diane Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 4

Local drum fish are served in a butter-enriched sauce at Brigtsen's in New Orleans; red snapper works just as well. This recipe first appeared in our April 2013 special feature on New Orleans.


  • 4 (8-oz.) filets drum fish
  • 14 cup Creole seasoning
  • 9 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 oz. medium raw shrimp (about 7), peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 14 cup fish stock
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Tabasco, for serving


Step 1

Season fish with half the Creole seasoning; set aside. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish; cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes; transfer to a serving platter and keep warm.hrough, about 8 minutes; transfer to a serving platter and keep warm.

Step 2

Add 2 tbsp. butter to the skillet; return to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook until browned, 2-4 minutes. Add remaining Creole seasoning, plus scallions, garlic, and salt; cook until soft, 3 minutes. Add shrimp and stock; cook until shrimp are just pink, 3 minutes. Whisk in remaining butter, plus parsley, until sauce is smooth. Pour sauce over fish; garnish with more parsley, and serve with hot sauce on the side.

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