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Catfish recipes #12789259
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I almost exclusively eat my catfish deep fried. Looking for some other recipes that don't involve frying in any way. What say you?


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Blackened! A dab of blue cheese dressing on top, thank me later.


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that's not a recipe. lol


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Skin it but don’t fillet it. Stuff the cavity with fresh lemon slices, celery, onion, maybe apple slices. Be creative. Bake it in oven loosely wrapped in foil or gently smoke it over pecan or fruitwood. You’ll get white flakey meat that is very moist and tasty.

Big old bass also like this method.


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Re: Catfish recipes [Re: spazm09] #12789378
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Bake it with a light sprinkling of Tony's.


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Re: Catfish recipes [Re: spazm09] #12790224
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QWIK Oven BBQ Catfish:
Cut up into small pieces. Try to have evenly thickness, but not too thick. Spread out in pan w/ aluminum foil. Put some water in to keep moist. Be sure catfish is salt & peppered accordingly. Squirt a good dab of your BBQ sauce on each piece. Put in broiler. Flip when you think it needs to be. Another dap of BBQ sauce on each piece. Fish should fall apart with BBQ flavor. It should not take too long in broiler.


Grilled Catfish:
Take bigger chunks of bigger BlueCats or a slab (not thin filets, but back straps if smaller than a 4 pounder). Salt & Pepper & then sprinkle on Tony's Creole Seasoning accordingly to your tastes. Slap on the grill. For me, charcoal & hickory chips. Turn once, or several times, as needed. Will have that good smoked taste, catfish taste, BlueCat taste, and Tony's taste, all in one. It should literally fall apart. Dip bites in ice cold Del Monte ketchup. Or you could dab BBQ sauce on the chunks or dip bites as you eat it. But you will need tongs & a spatula (or the combo type), as fish will try to stick to grill.

Another way, is to double up on Aluminum foil & set smaller pieces (uniform thickness) & almost seal it up. It may or may not stick to aluminum foil. You might want to add a dash of water, so it won't dry out as much.


OK, here is another completely different way, as my first wife got tired of fried catfish. It has a tamer taste, but most interesting.
Chicken Fried Catfish:
Salt & Pepper liberally your pieces. Then dip into your batter that you would use for fried chicken. Then dip into flour. Again, dip back in the batter. And deep fry. As you go, scoops excess fried batter out to keep from burning in grease. Note that I say grease (see note below).


You can also batter your normal way & either grill outside or cook in oven. Or you could grill on the new inside grills. But remember that it is best to have your pieces all about the same thickness, so they get cooked about the same time (if in oven). Or you will play cat-n-mouse as to which are done first & later.


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NOTE on oil vs. grease (shortening):
We had a discussion a few years back on this. It seems to be that while grease may not be as good for you as vegetable oils, there are some things that most do not realize. You can get the grease up to a higher temperature than the oils. By doing this, you fry faster & the meat is crispier & does not absorb as much. I always try to use Mrs. Tuckers, as to the best to use. I have tried Crisco, etc. etc. But of all, Mrs. Tucker's fries up the very best!!! And I try to always have ice cold Del Monte ketchup ready for dipping into.

As to normal deep fry, the very best of Catfish, is from BlueCats weighing about 12# to 14#. You shave the 2 back straps from the bone (not fillet them). You cut across to have what look like small "8" or "B" steaks. About 1.25 to 1.5 inches thick. After deep frying, your batter shell should be slightly crisp. But as you crack it open, the meat will flake. There is nothing better, if fried in Mrs. Tucker's & dipped in Del Monte. For some reason, the 12 to 14# pounders are the very best for this.


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Tucker’s and others mentioned are all veggie oils and will smoke and get burnt taste if overheated. Use lard, or lard seasoned with bacon grease, or coconut oil, or peanut oil. All these fats can get hotter than most others and not taste burnt. These oils are also much better for you than veggie oils.


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Thanks for all the ideas guys. I can say that I would enjoy every single one of these; there's not much seafood that I don't like. It's my GF that I'm concerned about. When I met her 2.5 years ago, she said she didn't like fish. Talking more I found out that she had never had fried catfish so she tried it and LOVES it. But fish cooked other ways is still hit or miss with her so I'm looking for new things to try out.

Thanks again for all the responses and keep em coming!!!


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Cast, not for me. I have heart and cholesterol problems. Any fat that is solid at room temperature will clog your arteries. So I have to use Canola oils and such.


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Willie, try coconut oil. It is liquid at room temp.


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Rolled in Louisiana brand seasoned shrimp fry, yes shrimp fry, and deep fried with a dipping sauce of ketchup, Hellmans mayo, and Worcestershire. Fresh shrimp cooked the same way, and onion rings on the side

For my shrimp, I do a milk and egg wash then roll in the shrimp fry.

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Originally Posted By: spazm09
Thanks for all the ideas guys. I can say that I would enjoy every single one of these; there's not much seafood that I don't like. It's my GF that I'm concerned about. When I met her 2.5 years ago, she said she didn't like fish. Talking more I found out that she had never had fried catfish so she tried it and LOVES it. But fish cooked other ways is still hit or miss with her so I'm looking for new things to try out.

Thanks again for all the responses and keep em coming!!!


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Okay spazmo here is a great recipe with instructions lol.
Chili lime catfish
1tsp paprika
1tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
2 tbs olive oil divided
1 tbs unsalted butter
Juice of two limes and the zest of one
Two catfish filets
Cooked rice or whatever you like

Directions
Mix all spices
Brush fish with 1 tbs of olive oil
Rub fish with the spice mix (you will use all of the rub) let fish rest in the refrigerator for at least 45 minuets
Cook in a 450 degree oven until done, about 10 minuets be sure to use a non stick pan or spray foil with pam
In a small saucepan add the butter, olive oil, lime juice and zest. Heat it up and poor over filets.
I like to rest my fish on a 1/2 cup of cooked rice before cooking

This is an easy recipe that works well with any fish. I’m making it tonight using red snapper I caught last week.


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Sorry it should say “I like to rest mine on cooked rice before SAUCING”


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