Four Tasty Catfish Recipes

There are many great catfish recipes but these are 4 that I really like to make. Not only are they simple but they are delicious. Since catfish are very common they are among the types of fish that people often get. With these recipes you can dress them up and not have to eat them the same way all the time.

Catfish Gumbo

This is great for anyone that loves gumbo!

Ingredients:

Catfish fillets (approximately 1 ? pounds, cut into bite size pieces)
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 bell peppers (1 yellow and 1 red for great color, chopped)
1 onion, chopped
1 clover of garlic, minced
3 cups of water
1 can of large tomatoes, diced
1 package of 12 ounce okra
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cayenne (if you want it to be spicy)
2 tablespoons of hot sauce (if you want it to be spicy)
2 tablespoons beef bullion granules

In a pot bring the water to a boil, add the bullion and stir until it is completely dissolved in the water. In a skillet heat vegetable oil so that you can saut? your celery, peppers, and onion. Saut? them until they are well mixed and tender.

Add the tomatoes and okra to the cooked vegetables. Add the mixture to the water. Add salt to season it to your own taste. Next you can add in the cayenne, red pepper, and hot sauce if you like. Reduce the heat, stir well, and allow it to simmer for at least 1 hour. Add the catfish and then allow it to simmer another 15 minutes. You want the catfish to be flaky and tender.

Beer Batter Catfish

Ingredients:

Catfish fillets
1 ? cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 or 2 bottles of your favorite beer
2 eggs

In a bowl mix all of your dry ingredients thoroughly. Make sure that the eggs are well beaten and then add them to the dry ingredients. Using a whisk slowly pour in your beer and mix it. Use only 1 beer at first. You want the consistency of the product to be similar to pancake batter.

If you want your mixture to be lighter and thinner though you can add more beer. You can get to the consistency that you like the best. Feel free to drink the rest of the year you have remaining!

Pat the fillets dry and then dredge them through the batter. You want to fry them in a cast iron skillet. It is best to use cotton seed or peanut oil if you can. Otherwise you can use vegetable oil. You want the oil to be about 1 inch deep and hot before you add the fillets.

They will cook in about 3 minutes per side. You want to make sure they get browned to your liking so you may have to keep a good eye on them to make sure they don’t get too done.

Baked Catfish

Ingredients:

Whole cleaned catfish (enough to fill up a cake pan)
1 stick of butter
? cup Italian dressing

Blend the butter and the dressing together. Brush it over both sides of the catfish generously. Place them into the cake pan and bake at 375 degrees for at least 30 minutes. You will want to check them at that time and then return them to the oven if needed until they are golden brown.

Lemon Pepper Catfish

Ingredients:

Catfish fillets
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons lemon pepper
3 eggs
1 cup olive oil

Combine all the dry ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Use another bowl to mix the eggs in. In a large frying pan (cast iron if possible for better heat distribution) heat the olive oil. Try to get it about 325 to 350 degrees.

Place a catfish fillet in the egg wash and then through the dry ingredients to coat. Add them to the hot olive oil. You want to allow them to coat 2 or 3 minutes per side. Try to only turn them once though so that they will stay in form rather than crumbling.

When they are done place them on paper towels to help them drain the extra oil. The use of olive oil is very important in this recipe so that you get the right flavor! You can use other types of oil if you need to but it isn’t required.

I encourage you to try each of these great catfish recipes. You are sure to find one of them that want to use all the time. You can also experiment with these recipes and use them as guidelines. You can alter them to fit your own taste and that will make your catfish dining experience wonderful every single time!

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