Black Drum with Crawfish Cream Sauce


1 lb Vermilion Bay Sweet black drum (cut into 4 cutlets)
1/2 lb Louisiana crawfish tail meat
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 c yellow onion, chopped
1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c mushrooms, chopped
1/2 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp Creole seasoning, divided
2 c half and half
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped green onions
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

Sauté onions and peppers in butter until soft. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms release their liquid. Add flour and seasoning and mix well. Slowly add enough half and half to form paste and mix well. Continue adding half and half until thick sauce forms. Add cream of mushroom and mix well. Cook until sauce thickens to coat back of a spoon.
Add remainder of half and half and crawfish meat. Stir while heating crawfish to avoid sticking.

Pat the fish filets with a paper towel and then season with a Creole seasoning on both sides of the filets. Heat oil in a large skillet on a medium high heat until sizzling hot before placing the filets. Bring the heat back to medium. When the edges of the filets turn pale or whitish, it’s time to flip them.
When filets are cooked, serve on a plate; cover with crawfish cream sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley and green onions.

Calories: 560
36g Fat (16g Saturated fat, 155mg Cholesterol.) 1,250mg Sodium. 18g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 9g Total sugar.) 42g Protein.

Lower Fat: Substitute low fat butter spread such as Smart Balance Light for butter. Use fat-free half and half, and soup. Reduce oil by half. 392 Calories. 16g Fat (4g Saturated fat, 101mg Cholesterol.) 1076mg Sodium. 21g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 8g Total sugar.) 40g Protein. To further reduce fat by half opt for a lean white fish such as grouper.
Lower Carbohydrate: Omit flour, substitute 6 Tbsp cream cheese for soup. 425 Calories. 28g Fat (11g Saturated fat, 132mg Cholesterol.) 1,040mg Sodium. 5g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 3g Total sugar.) 37g Protein.
Lower Sodium: Use unsalted butter, soup, and Creole seasoning to reduce sodium to 155mg.
Dairy-free: Use vegan cream soup, butter, and half and half such as Califa Better Half. 460 Calories. 25g Fat (7g Saturated fat, 95mg Cholesterol.) 1,140mg Sodium. 18g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 2g Total sugar.) 38g Protein.
Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour, cream soup, and Creole seasoning. 533 Calories. 33g Fat (15g Saturated fat, 155mg Cholesterol.) 1,170mg Sodium. 18g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 8g Total sugar.) 41g Protein.

October 19, 2022

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