Crappie Fillet Smothered In Tuscan Shrimp Sauce
This crappie fillet smothered with creamy Tuscan shrimp sauce is perfect for the crappie angler that likes to try different recipes. It is creamy and flavorful and this is the way to make it. Tuscan sauce is an Italian sauce with a tomato base. There are many variations of the Tuscan sauce and in this one I use grape tomatoes and red bell pepper. It is a creamy Tuscan shrimp sauce with a slight red tint.
I love some type of sauce on my baked fish. My wife loves fish about any way I fix it, but she loves the sauce too. However, for me, when I bake or sear fish fillets I usually have a sauce for it. This sauce can be used on crappie fillets or any fillet you like. It can also be used on pasta. If we have any left after dinner we will put it in the fridge and heat it up the next evening and put it on some angle hair pasta. I might add a few more shrimp pieces or maybe some whole shrimp. You can just cook them up like the first step in this recipe and yes add the garlic to cook with the shrimp. Never too much garlic for me.
I prefer to make this recipe with the larger crappie if I have them. The thicker fillets tend to sear better than small fillets. because of this you want to cook it just a couple minutes on each side. They will cook more in the sauce. By removing them from the heat a little early when searing they will stay together much better. If you need to learn how to catch a few of those big crappie just click here or use the search box on this site and search crappie. There is a lot of crappie catching info on here.
Try This Tuscan Shrimp Sauce On Pasta
This would be great for pasta. You could also use small bits of crappie fillets. You could go ahead and add the shrimp with the crappie bits. Or you could leave them out and just cook up the crappie meat in the oil and butter. This is just a thought and I think it would be great for the smaller fillets as they tend to crumble up when trying to sear them anyway. Now let’s get on with the recipe.
Crappie Fillet Smothered With Tuscan Shrimp Sauce
This recipe is with crappie fillets but it will work with any flaky white fish.
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 4 fillets Crappie or other white fish (Skin off)
- 5 Whole Shrimp (Cut into small pieces)
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1 small Onion (Diced)
- 5 Cloves Garlic (Diced fine)
- 12 Each Grape tomatoes (Halved)
- 1 Whole Red bell pepper (Chopped)
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese (Shredded )
- 1 1/2 Cups Heavy cream
- 1 Pinch Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 cups Spinach leaves
- 1 tbsp Parsley (Fresh chopped)
- 1/3 Cup Clam juice or vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp Bacon bits
Add olive oil and butter and garlic to cast iron skillet and bring up to temp medium high.
Begin to sear the fillets and shrimp pieces in the skillet when the garlic begins to sizzle. Sear 2 or 3 minutes each side and set aside. Do not clean the skillet lots of flavor remaining
With a little more olive oil or butter cook the onion and bell pepper a couple minutes then add the grape tomatoes and cook just enough to get them hot
Add the clam juice or vegetable stock to the skillet and bring to a boil
Slowly add heavy cream while stirring to incorporate the cream and simmer to reduce slightly
Sprinkle shredded parmesan over the sauce and let sit until it begins to melt then stir it into the sauce
Add the shrimp pieces and simmer for another minute or two
Place the fillets on top of the Tuscan shrimp sauce and simmer while spooning sauce over the fillets, this will heat the fillets back up and cook them completely. This step should only take a few minutes
Serve fish and sauce with mashed potatoes.Sprinkle with bacon bits and grated parmesan cheese. The sauce is awesome on the mashed potatoes too. This can be served with rice or mixed vegetables as well.
Add spinach leaves as the fish and sauce heats up. The spinach will begin to wilt. Stir them into the sauce
My favorite side with this crappie Tuscan shrimp sauce recipe is mashed potatoes. A more healthy option would be rice or mixed vegetables and these are delicious too but my fav is mashed potatoes.
Also, you can use the leftover sauce to put over angel hair pasta for your next meal. You can add a few whole shrimp or not. If you need to stretch the sauce a little just add a little calm juice or vegetable stock along with some more heavy cream.
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