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August 14, 2009 | Joyce Taylor

another fresh seafood idea

Cooking seafood can be easy and simple. The two biggest obstacles are lack of freshness and overcooking. Always go to the market to buy fresh fish, not a particular species.

In this basic recipe we’re using a seasonal fish, red drum. (If you can’t get red drum, you can substitute a fish with similar texture and mild flavor, such as snapper or flounder.)

Smoked paprika, or Pimentón, has become increasingly popular as a seasoning in dishes such as vegetables, casseroles, beans, beef, eggs, chicken, fish and shellfish. It adds a smoky flavor without the heat. Use as little or as much as you like. It is available in the spice aisle of most supermarkets and in specialty stores.

In small bowl, combine margarine, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Pimentón, onion and garlic.

Place fish in baking dish. Brush with margarine mixture.

Bake at 450 F until done, about 8 to 10 minutes. (To determine cooking time, measure fish at thickest point. Bake 10 minutes per inch.)

Serves 4 to 6.

From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas 

Contributed by Joyce Taylor

6 responses to “Baked Red Drum with Pimentón”

  1. TBD says:

    It should be fair to the readership of this blog to learn that North Carolina is the ONLY state that allows for red drum to be commercially caught a sold in any marketable number (over 99% of all wild caught drum on the market is from NC!). The states of SC, FL, AL, MS, LA and TX have all not only banned the sale of drum but they’ve also BANNED GILL NETS.

    It’s a travesty that North Carolina still allows this resource to be exploited for minimal economic gain.

    It’s also a travesty that NC Carolina Sea Grant would recommend this blog. They should know better!

    • David Green says:

      The NC Fishery Management Plan allows only limited incidental catch of red drum, no direct commerical fishery is permitted. Is it better to waste a valuable resource by prohibiting sale of incidental catch and economic benefit for a fisherman or limit its availability to only a few recreational fishers of that valuable resource? This question is better directed toward NC fishery managers rather than the contributors of this BLOG site.

  2. Bill says:

    Those who are marketing the likes of red drum should enlighten consumers to these facts.

    The commercial catch of drum in north carolina is worth less than $400,000…in comparison to the over $150 MILLION that recreational fishermen spend to target redfish.

    It is not the incidental catch that is the problem – it’s the use of gill nets and other DESTRUCTIVE gear that leads to further waste of other marine life, including drum.

    The marketing of red drum only encourages the black-marketing and illegal sale of these fish.

    Consumers should also know that the VAST MAJORITY of red drum caught in North Carolina are shipped out of state to places like Texas and Louisiana where their sale (AND GILL NETS) have been BANNED.

    That is not fair to the citizens of the state of north carolina!

  3. David Green says:

    For those interested in the fishery both commercial and recreational, visit the NC Division of Marine Fisheries website for more information.

    Go to and look under harvest statistics.

    Others who have interest in the preparation methods of fish should try substituting snapper or flounder for red drum in the recipe given above.

    Thank you for your comments.

  4. gerry says:

    for those high and mighty recreational fishermen who decry the sale of incidental by-catch of red drum, i suggest that they research the poundage of drum caught by recreational fishermen as opposed to commercial fisherman. the recreational crowd catches way more than the commercial boys do. drive the beaches and check the coolers of surf fishermen. they are full of drum, both legal size and many exceeding the legal length. and most of the catch from the recreational fishermen is never documented because the State of NC doesn’t check them.
    this intentional misrepresentation of the facts does a great disservice to all who care about this great fishery.

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