Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Louisiana Lacy's Catfish

Red Lobster's Louisiana Lacy's Catfish 
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 catfish fillets
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup Red Lobster's Cajun Seasoning

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons shallots in 1/8" dice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons Red Lobster's Cajun Seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup sour cream
6 ounces bay shrimp -- cooked

To make Bay Shrimp Sauce: Saute shallots in vegetable oil until translucent. Add white wine and simmer until reduced by two thirds. Add heavy cream and simmer until reduced by one third. Add seasoning, parsley and sour cream and simmer 1 minute. Stir in Bay Shrimp and keep hot until serving.

To make Louisiana Lacy's Catfish: Preheat a cast-iron skillet (the hotter, the better). Dip or brush catfish fillets with melted butter. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of seasoning evenly on each side of fish. Cook over high heat until a dark brown (almost black) crust is formed. Turn over and cook other side. Place fish on plate and top with Bay Shrimp Sauce.

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