Catfish is a great choice. It is versatile, flavorful and economical. Get yourself some juicy catfish filets and give the following recipe a try. It is best to cook these catfish filets on the grill, but if the weather is not on your side, bake them in the oven instead or simply cook them in a skillet or griddle pan. This is such a simple recipe.
We are melting butter with olive oil and adding garlic powder and red chili flakes. This mixture is used to baste the catfish on the grill, keeping it succulent and juicy, and also sealing in all those wonderful juices and stopping it from drying out. Feel free to tweak this mixture if you wish. Some people might prefer to swap the red chili flakes for fresh minced rosemary leaves. That would work nice too, especially if you squeeze a little lemon juice in the mix.
The catfish is best served hot, either with a tasty salad on the side or even with some grilled asparagus or grilled vegetable kabobs. Another idea is to serve the catfish in buns as a tasty fish sandwich, adding some remoulade or your favorite creamy dressing on top, along with a large lettuce leave and a slice each of fresh tomato and red onion. However you choose to serve your grilled catfish, you are sure to be delighted with the juicy texture and the wonderful flavor this dish offers. This is practically carb-free too, so suitable for those on a low-carb eating plan.
- 4 catfish filets, about 7 oz each and ½-inch thick
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Nonstick cooking spray, as needed
- Spray the grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.
- Get the grill medium-hot (about 350 degrees F).
- Put the butter, oil, garlic and chili flakes in a small pan and heat for a minute or until the butter melts.
- Take the pan off the heat.
- Brush half of this mixture over the catfish filets, then season with salt and black pepper.
- Grill for 4 or 5 minutes, with the lid down if your grill has one.
- Flip the filets and brush the rest of the butter mixture over them.
- Grill for another 4 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Serve immediately.
Catfish can be fried, baked, braised, even poached, but one of the very best ways to prepare this wonderful fish has to be the grill. Baste the filets with a garlic and chili-spiked butter mixture and then cook them for a few minutes. Flip them over and then finish them off, adding a little more of the basting liquid, and your reward will be a very delicious fish meal. Serve the fish with salad or vegetables, or even use it to make fish sandwiches if you prefer. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, and one of the best ways to prepare catfish filets.
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