So How Do You Cook Catfish?

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  1. wavetrain75

    wavetrain75 Useless Member

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    A guy at work just gave me about 5 pounds of catfish fillets. Today it will just be breaded in eggs and saltine crackers and fried in olive oil, but I'll still have 4 1/2 pounds left.

    It might warm up enough to fire up the barbecue, all my previous attempts at barbecuing fish have been pretty miserable but I'd give it another try if I have idiot proof directions. He said that beer batter is good too.
     
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    The question is not so much how do you cook it... but how do you get past the nasty taste induced gag reflex to even eat it?
     

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    I usually beer batter & deep fry catfish.
     
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    +1... I don't always use a beer batter, but they gotta be deep fried!:eat:
     
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    Usually fry them...
     
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    Blackened, Cajun style.
     
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    The only way: dust in seasoned cornmeal and fry.
     
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    I like to blacken catfish fillets and cook them on a well seasoned cast iron skillet over a bed of lump charcoal embers.

    Zattarains makes a good blackening rub. I spray the fillets down with butter flavored spray, sprinkle that rub on them, some salt, and some lemon juice.

    Get the flat iron skillet good and hot and then plop the fillets down on it. Flip after about 5 minutes or so. Once they flake they are good to go.

    You can do the same thing in the oven underneath the broiler. Get the iron hot first and then it cooks from both sides.


    this stuff

    http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Spices-and-Extracts/Blackened-Seasoning.aspx
     
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    I've always had it fried. Fried catfish and grits make a great breakfast.
     
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    olive oil and fish is a no-no...
     
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    Egg batter and rolled in corn meal. then its either deep fried or panfried.
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    This.

    pass them thru a little egg wash or egg wash/mustard and then dredge thru the cornmeal/fish fry. Hot oil.
     
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    "Woman, fry this up." :poke:


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    Does the name "Pavlov" ring a bell? Haha, get it? Just the thought of fried catfish makes me salivate at the mouth!
     
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    Can't go wrong with frying... If you want to try something different, boil a pot of broth with all the seasoning you like (garlic, Mrs Dash, Black Magic, what not), and add lots and lots of hot peppers and hot oil (this is key). After boiling it for about 10 min, cut up the fillets and toss them in the broth, with some bean sprouts. 1 Min, you are done.
     
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    :rofl:

    As a man I cook, she can clean.

    To answer the OP question:
    Fry it,
    50/50 mix corn meal and flour, add spices to taste (spices can be some italian stuff or just salt and black pepper)
    use cast iron frying pan
    use crisco

    Serve with corn bread.

    Do not BBQ catfish. It is the wrong kind of fish to BBQ.
    Deep frying in a tempori (sp?) batter is ok, but not my thing.
    Catfish should freeze ok in a zip lock baggy, but don't freeze and forget.
     
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    Used to be a barbecue place here in North Georgia that would have smoked catfish every Friday. Man, oh man, what good eatin'. Apparently, they just smoked it just like they would do hams, etc. Really, really good.