Black Drum

This chunky fish is perhaps most noted for the “croaking” sound it makes using its air bladder. A mainstay of coastal restaurants, its firm, low-fat meat is a terrific substitute for catfish.

Black drum can reach weights exceeding 50 pounds and live for 40+ years. Over 1.3 million pounds of black drum are commercially harvested along the Texas coast every year.

Availability: Seasonal

Origin: Wild; Texas

Texture and Flavor: White, firm yet tender, mild, similar to snapper

Cooking Methods: Grill, blacken, deep fry, pan fry, saute, bake, seafood stews, ceviche

Substitutes: Red Drum (Redfish), Snapper, Grouper