Grilled Fresh Florida Seasoned Redfish with Lime Butter Sauce

Monday, July 26, 2010
Sciaenops ocellatus, better known around Florida as the “Redfish.”

They are members of the drum family and are close cousins to the sea trout, black drum, and croake

The Acadian redfish is a rockfish that is sometimes marketed as "ocean perch" or red drum as previously mentioned.

This delicious fish is not oily and has a mild sweet flavor with large flakes.

It's terrific blackened, fried or with this delectable lime butter sauce with a cajun flair.

If you can't find redfish or get a good catch of the day, try others similar with this recipe like red snapper, black drum, haddock, cod or another mild white fish fillet.

This fish is great served with steamed vegetable, any kind of salt potatoes and a starch like pasta or rice.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this fabulous tasting redfish recipe!

grilled redfish with lime butter limes and Italian parsley

Other Side Dish Suggestions

  1. twice-baked potatoes
  2. black beans
  3. sauteed spinach or other greens
  4. cooked pasta fettuccini or broccoli aioli
  5. garlic mashed potatoes
  6. french fries

lime butter for Redfish

Other Substitutions 

  • smoked salmon
  • Mahi-mahi
  • haddock
  • crab meat or lobster
  • chicken breast boneless cubed
  • boneless pork tenderloin
  • cubed boneless steak
  • a medley of surf and turf

grilled and seasoning redfish from Central Florida Indian River


  • To check if the fish is cooked insert a fork into the thickest part of a fillet and twist it gently, pulling up some of the flesh.  
  • The fish should flake easily
  • The internal temperature should read 145 with a thermometer
  • This fish can be baked in the oven for 20 minutes.

filleted redfish

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Florida Redfish

Redfish or Red Drum usually occur along coastal waters.

Three-year-old redfish typically weigh six to eight pounds.

The largest one on record weighed just over 94 pounds.

Florida Redfish regulations permit one per person from 18 inches to 27 inches and if you ever get the chance to catch one, they are very GOOD EATING!!

Grilled Fresh Florida  Seasoned Redfish with Lime Butter Sauce

Grilled Fresh Florida Seasoned Redfish with Lime Butter Sauce

Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • Grilled Redfish Ingredients Needed:
  • 2 large fresh Redfish cleaned made into filets (preferably with skins on as it will stay juicier as it cooks on the grill the skin will fall right off the fish when cooked)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce just a few drops
  • Cajun seasonings to coat the top
  • kosher or sea salt
  • fresh limes 2 or 3
  • Heavy-Duty Aluminum foil
  • Lime Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • a few drops of Worcestershire sauce.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 juiced lime


  1. Redfish
  2. Lay a big enough piece of foil out to fit your filet on, one for each piece of fish. 
  3. Pour olive oil on the foil around 1/4 cup, coat fish on both sides.
  4.  Generously sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce on one side,
  5.  Sprinkle the top with garlic powder, cajun seasoning,  salt, and juice of 1/2 lime. 
  6. Fold up the sides and middle of the foil. 
  7. Place on grill. 
  8. Cook till the fish is white and gently pulls away around 11 minutes on medium-high heat.
  9. Lime Sauce:
  10. In a large fry pan: melt 1 stick of butter then add the 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
  11. a dd a few drops of Worcestershire sauce whisk all together.
  12. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, and the juice of one fresh lime.
  13. Cook just a few minutes on low, making sure all the flavors have combined. Pour over grilled Redfish.
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  1. So if he is Nemo does that make you Dora? What a great looking recipe.

  2. @the manly housewife...yep your close, I would be Dori for sure except I can't swim at all!!!! should see how many people ask him about his name when he shows his ID, his whole Italian family has a generation after generation of Nemo's...its great! Too bad he didn't have Red hair too! lol

  3. Looks fabulous! I may have to switch my menu for one evening this week...

  4. Nemo found a Nemo! Fresh fish with lime butter????? Oh my!

  5. Nemo is a great name, love it! As for the fish, those look beautiful! too bad we don't seem to get any red fish around here, I'll have to substitute it with something else just so I can make the lime butter sauce to go on top :D

  6. Bellissimo blog, complimenti! :-)

  7. Blackened Redfish is a staple in Louisiana and Cajun dishes. Indeed Claudia, and harder to find in stores these days due to over fishing. The lime butter sauce is wonderfully prepared!

    Bon appetit!

  8. wow,a great recipe for a delicious dish!congrats for nemo!

  9. The Manly Housewife very clever!

    Great recipe with the lime butter sauce. You did the fish proud!

  10. Part Cajun, Part Italian - all perfect. Love the lime butter sauce. I could eat it plain!

  11. This post is making me hungry!

  12. This post is making me hungry!

  13. wow! I had redfish for the first time last summer, I am going to look for it at the seafood market next time I go in there. How lucky are you to get it freshly caught! Good job Nemo!!

  14. I love redfish. Those cajun spices with the lime butter sauce sound fantastic. I've had blackened redfish which is awesome. I hope my seafood market gets this fish in again. Great catch Nemo!

  15. YAY! Another foodie with a hubby fisherman! We are right down the road! :) I will try this recipe with the next mahi, thank you for sharing!

  16. Wow, great catch...Looks wonderful, and I can just imagine how perfect it was with the lime butter:)

  17. you are right, this is great and one I will like - love the sauce Claudia, it is right up my alley...

  18. This looks incredible!! Can practically taste it!!

  19. What a great catch! Nothing beats cooking up fresh fish that you caught yourself. What a delicious butter sauce!

  20. I don't think I have ever seen such fresh fish! A simple dish, beautifully prepared. Love the lime butter sauce. Perfection!!

  21. That's big fish! Love the lime butter sauce with garlic as a flavour boost...perfect for fish!

  22. I've never had the pleasure of having redfish.

    I will certainly borrow that lime butter sauce to put on my favourite fish. Thanks.

    Flavourful wishes,

  23. Can I place an order with Nemo? I'll take 2 red fish, hand delivered for this weekend. We eat the fish and then I'll take you guys to Asheville.

  24. I've never heard of red fish. It looks delicious. But then I'm partial to fish.
    Great recipe!

  25. Yummy fish :) I love fish and this recipe is a must try :)

  26. Oh Claudia, I'm so glad that there are a few smart fish eaters out there....we adore redfish. It is also native to the shores of South Carolina, but.... there's a big but is not well-known in the 'upstate' of SC so you can't find it anywhere! We have to go to Hilton Head to enjoy it. This fall when we go again, I'm buying a bunch to bring home and freeze! I will most certainly be making this recipe. This butter sounds incredible!!!!!


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