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Pan-Fried Speckled Trout with Creamy Crawfish Sauce

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This Speckled Trout recipe is a family favorite. Growing up in South, Louisiana on the water my family has lots of opportunities to catch their Seafood to cook. Catching seafood from our backyards has been passed down from generation to generation. My husband and I continue the tradition of catching and cooking seafood with our little boy. But, what if this way of life that we have come to know and love after many generations are threaten by seafood becoming endangered or extinct.

The thought of not being able to enjoy seafood if it becomes endangered, either by catching seafood myself or purchasing it from a reputable, ethical, and sustainable source worries me. This is the reason I am excited to partner with Jessie from Life As A Strawberry to be part of the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project. The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project was started by Jessie to bring food bloggers and readers alike together in conversation about sustainability, and to provide resources for sustainable seafood.

 Sustainability doesn’t just mean to make sure we don’t consume fish or seafood that’s endangered or close to extinction it means more than that. Sustainable Seafood means to fish or farm seafood in ways that consider the vitality of fish and sea creatures, and the well-being of our oceans. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch offers a guide that recommends which seafood to avoid or buy; that’s healthy and sustainable for the environment.

The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project

I hope you will take the time to visit the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project and learn more about this great project. Check out the resources shared on their site. And, you can learn more about the businesses and the bloggers that are partnering together to help bring awareness for those wanting to eat more sustainable.  Make sure to check out the recipes of these great food bloggers that have partnered with the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project.


In honor of being a Sustainable Seafood Blog Project partner, I would love to share my recipe for Pan-Fried Speckled Trout with Creamy Crawfish. You can go here to see the recommendations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium for Speckled Trout.

Pan-Fried Speckled Trout with Creamy Crawfish Sauce 
(You could use Shrimp instead of Crawfish)
Yield: Serves 2
2 fresh speckled trout fillets
sea salt, pepper, paprika to your liking
1/2 stick butter per fish fillet
1 tbsp. lemon juice from lemon
optional: extra lemon for squeezing on fish after it’s cooked
Crawfish with Creamy Sauce:
1 pound peeled crawfish tails
1 stick of  butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/2 cup green onions
1/2 cup parsley
1. Place fish on a sheet of wax paper or clean work surface. Next, sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika onto both sides of each fish fillet making sure to rub the ingredients into the fish with your fingers.
2. Melt 1/2 stick butter in a medium to large frying pan. Pan fry 1 fillet of fish at a time in frying pan for 2 minutes on each side. Next, squeeze 1 tbsp. Lemon juice into a hot pan with fish letting the fish absorb the lemon juice. Remove fish from pan Repeat steps for the next fish fillet.
3. Melt 1 stick of butter in medium saucepan. Stir in minced garlic, green onions, and parsley. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Stir in crawfish tails let cook on low heat for 5 minutes (until crawfish is heated through). Add heavy whipping cream stir until the sauce is warm and thickens. Remove from heat. *Kim’s note- if sauce, isn’t thick enough add 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon whipping cream together in a small bowl, then add to sauce mixture. 
4. Place one fish fillet on each plate, optional squeeze fresh lemon on each fish, then top with the creamy crawfish sauce, and serve immediately. Great paired with pasta, fresh vegetables or a salad.

*If you live where crawfish is hard to find then omit this part of the recipe, and just pan-fry the trout. The fish tastes great served with or without the crawfish sauce.


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Kim Seghers is a Mom of three and the creator of This Ole Mom blog, a family and lifestyle site. Kim is passionate about sharing her love for cooking, crafting, traveling, and family fun. In hope to inspire others.

This article has 44 comments

  1. Elizabeth @ the manhattanfoodproject

    Crawfish are not as readily available near me (I think), but I am definitely making that trout sooner rather than later!

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Elizabeth so nice to meet you. I actually think you can order crawfish online from a place here in New Orleans. But, if you can't get Crawfish you should try the Trout its really good. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
      Have a lovely day, Kim

  2. Bonnie

    This looks amazing! I can't wait to give it a go!

  3. Christy E

    Everything about this screamed my hubby. He grew up trout fishing and we both love crawfish!

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Christy! You should surprise your husband with this dish. I don't know if you can get crawfish where you live but you could use shrimp instead. Have a Happy Easter, KIm

  4. Jennifer

    This looks so good. My husband always catches trout in the spring and I have a good source for crawfish, although it isn't fresh 🙁
    I was reading something recently that said if we would all branch out from always making our two favorite types of fish, the world wouldn't have such an overfishing problem–kind of simplifying I think but there maybe some truth there also.

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Jennifer, it doesn't matter if the crawfish are frozen just taste them before using them sometimes the frozen crawfish aren't seasoned. Yes I agree with you about ranching out and using other types of fish. We eat all types of fish . We use trout when my husbsand catches it. What's your favorite seafood? Have a lovely Easter! Kim

  5. Coley

    This is brining me back to my college days at LSU. Boy, I miss it there! Crawfish are tough to source up here, but I might try substituting them for gulf shrimp instead, because those I can find! One year we flew in some life crawfish for my dad for Father's Day but they didn't hold up so well.. womp womp! I'm excited to be a part of SSBP with you and hopefully I can make it down to NOLA in June to meet everyone!

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Coley! Yes, you can substitute Shrimp for the Crawfish. You were at LSU such a great school, Baton Rouge has changed so much. I'm excited about being part of SSBP ,too. I hope I get to meet you in June. Your blog is wonderful I have been stalking it!! Have a lovely Easter, Kim

  6. Little Mommy Nest

    Sounds so good Kim!! Im a lover of all things fish!

    • KimSeghers

      The Pan-Fried Trout with the crawfish sauce is delicious and, you could make it with shrimp too. Thanks for stopping over! Kim

  7. Erin Soto

    I have never tried crawfish! I've also been looking for ways to cook trout. We have never cooked it here, especially with how cod is so readily available. I wonder if I sub out the crawfish for shrimp if it would be just as good! Great recipe Kim!

    • KimSeghers

      Hey Erin! How are you? Yes, you can swap shrimp for the crawfish or use crab meat, too. Thank you so much I am happy that you like the recipe. Have a Happy Easter! Kim

  8. CocktailsandCatwalk

    this looks so yummy, am so hungry now! thought i would spend some time blogging but I guess it will have to wait! lol!
    Great recipe!

    • KimSeghers

      Hope you get something yummy to eat .Thank you for taking the time to leave a message. Have a lovely weekend! Kim

  9. Jennie Moraitis

    Oh my goodness, this looks so incredibly delicious! I've never had anything like this but how can you go wrong with that delicious sauce? 🙂 Have a wonderful Easter!

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Jennie! Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. It's absolutely delicious. If you can't find Crawfish you can use Shrimp or Crab Meat. Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely weekend! Kim

  10. Deepika

    Wow, this looks amazing. I am a fish lover, and can't wait to try this.

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you! If you can get crawfish swap it for either shrimp or crab meat. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family! Kim

  11. happyandhumble

    Seafood is a winner in our house! My kids would love it, and the asparagus on the side?? Perfect side dish (:

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you so much! If you want to make this recipe and have a hard time getting crawfish swap it for shrimp or crab meat. I paired it with angel hair pasta and drizzled the sauce over it . Enjoy! Kim

  12. annabelt - geeks diet

    This looks really good! And sustainable too 🙂

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you so much ! My family uses seafood we catch ourselves or buys from a local seafood market that we know is sustainable. Thank you for coming over to eave a message. Have a lovely weekend! Kim

  13. Kathy Herbig

    Looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! And I love the emphasis on using sustainable seafood, so important 🙂

  14. Ali @ Little Miss Poof Blog

    Sounds delish! I don't make a ton of fish because I don't have any great recipies. Thanks for this!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you Ali! I love fish when its cooked correctly . Thank you for taking the time to leave a message. Have a lovely weekend!KIm

  15. Whitney

    I love that it is crawfish season now! This recipe looks delicious, I will definitely be trying this!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you Whitney! I am happy too its crawfish season. I love crawfish, especially boiled! Would love to know how you like this dish if you try it! Happy Easter! Kim

  16. Jane H

    Congratulations Kim on your partnership for such a wonderful cause. Even though I'm allergic to fish, this dish still look delicious!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you so much Jane! I'm sorry to hear your allergic to fish , what about other seafood? I couldn't imagine not being able to eat fish. Thank you for taking the time to leave a message . Have a Happy Easter! Kim

  17. Danica R

    Congrats Kim! This looks absolutely delicious. I LOVE seafood!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you Danica! I love seafood , too! And ,I love knowing when I purchase .my seafood where it comes from and if its sustainable! Kim @ This Ole Mom


    This fish sounds absolutely delicious! The combination of ingredients sounds great! I have to try it!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you so much! It really came out great especially served straight from the pan. Hope you get a chance to try it. If you can't find crawfish use shrimp. Have a lovely day, Kim

  19. Louisa Kopp

    This looks so yummy! And I'm always looking for new seafood recipes to try.

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you Louisa ! The recipe is really good and, if you can't find crawfish substitute it with Shrimp. I would love to know how you like the recipeif you try it. Have a lovely day, Kim

  20. Gina Young

    Yum, yum, yum! Pinned also… looks delicious!!

  21. Veronica Lee

    Mmmmmmm! Looks soooooooooo goooood!
    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  22. Linda Walbridge

    I've got some live crawfish ordered – I'll be making this when they come in! I'm on the SSBP with you!

    • KimSeghers

      That sounds awesome Linda! Please let me know how you like it. When I made this dish I used crawfish I had leftover from our crawfish boil. It's nice to meet you . Thank you for stopping over. Are you going to the SSBC? Have a lovely weekend, Kim

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