Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This is a classic Cajun dish - a rich and spicy fish stew that's served over rice. Courtbouillon is pronounced "coo-bee-on" here in south Louisiana.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the fillet in 2" cross sections and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in dutch oven, then add flour and stir until brown.
  3. Add vegetables and saute until soft.
  4. Add tomato sauce and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Add parsley, bay leaves, thyme and gradually stir in hot water.
  6. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Drop fish in and cook another 30 minutes.
  8. Serve over hot rice.


Most Helpful

Everyone enjoyed this one. Added 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper as suggested by another reviewer. Was just the right amount of spice. I recommend this recipe and look forward to making it again. Thanks for the recipe!

Doc T January 05, 2012

UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I had a friend give me a 45 lb bull redfish, and after I fillet it, I had extra pieces of meat and I didn't know what to do with it, and this was perfect!! This was by far one of the best seafood dishes that I had ever had!! The only thing different that I did was add 1/4 tsp of Cayenne pepper. Very rich and tasty! THANKS!!!!

WhoDat March 18, 2007

This courtboullion is so full of flavor for such an easy recipe. I added a touch of chile-lime sauce to my serving, but nothing more. I would have to say of the recipes I have tried (and failed at), this one comes closest to the courtbouillon served when Papaw's in Lake Charles was open 8 years ago. This tamed the taste of Redfish, so I can hardly wait to see if it does the job with fresh catfish out of our stock tank. Thanks for the recipe!

Meccatx May 11, 2005

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