Pappadeaux Snapper Ponchartrain

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

A wonderfully flavorful, piquant fish dish perfect for the Lenten season.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine reserved shrimp shells, chopped vegetables and water in a large stockpot; simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes; strain and set aside.
  2. Make a roux in a heavy saucepan by melting 4 tablespoons butter until it begins to turn brown.
  3. Slowly whisk in 4 tablespoons flour until mixture thickens to a paste; cook until it turns a light, golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in another saucepan.
  6. Add garlic and onion and saute over medium heat 2 minutes.
  7. Add crushed bouillon cube, pepper sauce and shrimp stock.
  8. Stir and let simmer.
  9. While the stock is simmering, melt 1 stick plus 1 1/3 tablespoons butter in a separate saucepan, stirring, until it turns golden brown; set aside.
  10. Add roux to stock mixture and stir to incorporate, then simmer 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Add brown butter to stock and whisk until incorporated and emulsified.
  12. Whisk in Madeira until incorporated.
  13. Set sauce aside and keep warm while the fish fillets are cooking.
  14. Mix salt, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne into remaining 2 cups flour.
  15. Dip fish fillets in lemon juice, then into seasoned flour to coat.
  16. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large heated skillet over medium heat.
  17. Place fillets in skillet and cook until golden brown and completely cooked, about 4 minutes per side.
  18. While the fish is cooking, saute the peeled shrimp in 1 tablespoon butter just until they turn pink (do not overcook).
  19. Add shrimp and crab to Madeira sauce.
  20. Spoon 4 shrimp and a couple ounces of heated sauce over fillets and serve.
Most Helpful

Well, all the other reviews were correct. I just made this and indeed it turned out just like the real thing. Seems like I used every saucepan and bowl in the kitchen though. I would recommend sauteing the shrimp before you do the roux so you can concentrate on the roux and not have to wait so long for the shrimp to cook before adding it to the roux. This would keep you from over-cooking the roux / stock mixture before finishing off with the shrimp.

mike9196 October 01, 2011

Molly, You get my five stars (would be six if available!) It was well worth the effort, all the messed up pots and pans and dishes. The taste was absolutely out-of-this-world! And indeed, it tasted just like what we get at Pappadeaux (How DID you get the recipe??) The sauce was rich and creamy and the fish would have been great bare. Adding the sauce to the fish simply put it into world-class.

Witch Doctor June 18, 2008

OMG! This was out of this world! I was afraid it would be too spicy for our little ones, so I only used half the spice. The balance of flavors and rich creamy butter balanced the HOT. Next time I'll make it exactly like the recipe. My 4 year olds each had 3 HUGE helpings and didn't touch any of the pasta or veggies (usually their favorites.) My husband inhaled it. I liked my plate! Don't pass this one by! Thanks for sharing it.

it'scolleen March 20, 2008