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Parmesan Crusted Tautog With Herb-Lemon Sauce

Author: Captain Mike Littlefield

Recipe For Cooking Tautog (Blackfish)

Cook Time (8 Minutes)

After a full day of catching blackfish I spend the time to clean them at the marina and brought them home to my beautiful wife Lindsay to see what she could do with the fish cooking-wise. Tautog is a very delicious fish and I was excited to see what Lindsay would come up with for a recipe.

In this post Lindsay and I will share with you a new recipe she created for tautog. I ate this meal last week and I enjoyed it very much!

If you've never heard of tautog, otherwise known as black fish, tautog is a flakey white fish with a very mild flavor.

It sets up well to pair with spicy smoked paprika and nutty parmesan cheese.  The light herbed lemon sauce gives the fish more depth with it's rich flavors of herbs such as mint, basil, parsley and more.

The herbed lemon sauce is very simple and is a great way to use some of your greens that have begun sprouting up this spring.  Here are the cast of characters for this quick and easy sauce: (the only thing missing from this would be the butter and olive oil)

So as the herbs marry together in the butter, oil and lemon sauce, begin to assemble the fish.  As you can see, this is just a simple white fish.  What is so special about this fish though is that Brently caught it and it's as fresh as can be!

Cooking Tautog (Blackfish)

I chose to use the smoked paprika because it goes so nicely with the parmesan and I needed another flavor to go along with it so that the lemon sauce didn't take over.

It took only 8 minutes for it to cook, from start to finish - how easy is that?

Parmesan Crusted Tautog (Blackfish) with Herbed Lemon Sauce Instructions

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 2-3

  • 1 lb tautog or other white fish fillet
  • smoked paprika
  • olive oil for baking + 1/4 C for the sauce
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBS of each, all chopped: mint, basil, chives, parsley, rosemary.
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 TBS butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 475.
  2. On a baking sheet, grease it with a little olive oil and arrange fillets. Sprinkle each fillet with parmesan cheese then sprinkle a little bit of paprika on each. Bake for 8 minutes or until fish is cooked through.
  3. In a saucepan, heat 1/4 cup olive oil, butter and lemon juice for 5 minutes. Add the zest and herbs then stir to combine. Let that simmer for 5 minutes while the fish cooks.
  4. Using a strainer, pour the sauce through and discard of the herbs (or leave them if you want).
  5. Drizzle each fillet with the sauce then enjoy!

  1. Cooking Tautog (Blackfish)

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