Tommy’s Pompano en Papillote

  • Serves

    serves 4


Pompano filets enrobed in a seafood sauce are baked in parchment-paper packets at Tommy's Cuisine. This recipe first appeared in our April 2013 special feature on New Orleans.


  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 14 cup flour
  • 3 cups half & half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. dry sherry
  • 8 shucked bluepoint oysters, juices reserved
  • 10 oz. medium shrimp (about 20), peeled and deveined
  • 14 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 4 (6-oz.) pompano filets
  • 1 tbsp. paprika


Step 1

Heat 4 tbsp. butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 minutes. Add half & half and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook, until thick, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set bechamel aside.

Step 2

Heat remaining butter in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Cook mushrooms until browned, 4-6 minutes. Add sherry, oyster juices, salt, and pepper; cook until reduced by half, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in oysters, shrimp, crab, parsley, scallions, and bechamel.

Step 3

Heat oven to 500°. Cut out four 16" x 10" heart-shaped pieces parchment paper; fold hearts in half and crease. Working with one filet at a time, place on one side of heart; season with salt and pepper. Put one quarter of seafood mixture over filet; sprinkle with paprika. Fold paper over filet and fold up edges to seal; transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until fish is cooked, 8-10 minutes.

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