Jul 28, 2014

Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation and Grilled Herb Butter Redfish

There's nothing like catching and/or growing your supper.
Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

It's not necessarily less expensive than going to the store, but it's guaranteed to be fresh.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

Like the redfish a few weeks ago, this  Grilled Herb Butter Redfish was prepared "on the half shell" (with scales and skin left intact), making the fish more suitable for grilling.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace
(Speaking of grilling, excuse the condition of the grill.  
We recently got a new one since the one above was falling apart.)

The fish fillets were basted while grilling with a butter and herb mixture.  I used basil, garlic chives, thyme, and oregano, but any mixture of herbs you have will work.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

The redfish I've been cooking with lately were caught in the Lake Hermitage area.

In October, my dad took me to see the Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project.  I took many pictures of this dredge project.

This past spring, my uncle and I talked about coastal erosion and wetland loss at a family gathering (yeah, we're real party animals).  We got to talking about diversions vs. dredging,* so he took me out to see the site of the dredge project again.

*  Dredging: sediment is dredged up from the Mississippi River, pumped through pipes, and deposited in areas to create marsh.
Diversions: (also called sediment diversions)  divert fresh water from the Mississippi River into marshland.  The water carries sediment, which is deposited in the marsh.  A picture of a diversion can be found here.

I was amazed to see definite progress.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

Land being built..and staying put.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

There was no mistake that more land exists now than before, created by river sediment being pumped in and delivered by these pipes.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

This project seeks to create marsh that was lost due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

It's very strange to see so much heavy equipment out in the marsh--where I've sunk up to my thighs many times.  But it's working.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

Print It!

 Grilled Herb Butter Redfish
1 1/2 lbs redfish fillets (prepared on the half shell)
6 TBSP butter
1 TBSP chopped fresh basil
1 TBSP chopped fresh garlic chives
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2-3 pinches black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Heat a grill to medium.  Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan.  Add the herbs, lemon juice, pepper, and paprika and simmer for about 2 minutes.  Reserve about 2 TBSP of the butter for serving.

Place the fish skin side down on the grill and baste with the butter mixture.  Continue basting periodically while grilling until the fish flakes and is cooked through.  My fillets took about 12 minutes and were about 1" thick.

Drizzle the fillets with the reserved butter and serve immediately.

More herbs...
Toasted Orzo
Greek Herb Spread | Ms. enPlace
Herby Cherry Tomatoes | Ms. enPlace

In the past...
Alligator Po Boys w/ Caramelized Onions & Creole Mayo | Ms. enPlace
Summer Salad w/ Blackberry Thyme Vinaigrette | Ms. enPlace

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Feeding Big The 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Full Time Mama Lou Lou Girls Tasty Tuesdays
Wednesday Whatsits Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
My Turn for us
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  1. This dish is not for me, but I must admit it looks GOOD !!

  2. Hi Michelle!
    Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    I love your photos. Your Grilled Herb Butter Fish looks so delicious. My husband and I love fish, so I'm always looking for new and fun ways to prepare fish.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great week,

  3. Butter and herbs on fish...what could be better. Pinned. Also great to see the marsh being restored. Our natural resources need to be protected. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  4. That fish looks fantastic! My mouth is watering just looking at it. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  5. This looks fabulous!! And I think your grill looks fine too, lol. ;)
    So glad to hear that the project is having such success!
    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday this week!

  6. It's so good to see that the project to help stop coastal erosion is working so well! And your Grilled Herb Butter Redfish looks wonderful - I love fish grilled like this. I've never had redfish though - it sure does look good. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet your post too :-)

  7. Win Win on this post!!! Love the fish and love hearing about the work being done to save some of our precious wetlands;))
    Just pinned and will be sharing on FB and Google+:))
    Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

  8. These are lovely photos and the water is beckoning to us to come in and cool off. this is a new fish to me and it looks so yummy.

  9. This looks incredible! Pinned. I'm always impressed with your creations. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. I can't wait to see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  10. Delicious Michelle, Lovely recipe, great photos of water .


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