Cajun Recipes: Grilled Black Drum

Grilled fish recipes are easy and delicious!

Black drum are saltwater fish that can grow very large. The big ones aren’t good to eat, but the smaller ones are. Black drum weighing under five or six pounds are usually called “puppy drum,” and they’re great on the table when cooked properly, as they are with many Cajun recipes.

If you catch some puppy drum and would like to have them for dinner, try this simple recipe for grilled fish. Remember to get the fish on ice as soon as possible. For this recipe, you’re going to leave the fish whole and just remove the scales, entrails, and gills. Use your kitchen shears to snip out the gills.

Holle’s Cajun Grilled Black Drum

What you’ll need:

  • Prepared whole black drum
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cut in half
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Make slashes on both sides of fish, about 2-3 inches apart.

Sprinkle entire fish with salt, including cavity. Place onion slices and jalapeno in cavity.

Coat outside of fish with olive oil and place on clean, oiled grill over medium coals.

Grill fish 5-10 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the fish and the heat of the grill. You can check one of the slashes near the spine to see if the meat is white and opaque.

While fish is cooking, make the sauce. Combine butter, hot sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and black pepper.

Immediately after removing fish from grill, drizzle on the sauce.