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How to Cook Catfish 2 Different Ways

June 19th, 2013 Cooking

Want to cook your family something they may have never had before? Why not try cooking up some catfish? This interesting fish can be a delicious alternative to the cod and salmon that your family's used to, and the best part is that you can cook it in a variety of ways.

For example, if you or your loved ones are trying to shed some pounds, you can easily make a healthy catfish recipe. Or, if you want a treat for a summer barbecue, consider trying out fried catfish. No matter how you cook it, you can't go wrong with this interesting fish. 

1. Diet-friendly fish
To make a healthy catfish dish, EatingWell magazine states that you'll need 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil - divided, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 cup sliced walnuts, 3 cloves thinly sliced garlic, 1/2 cup low-fat milk, 1 lightly beaten large egg, 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 pound catfish - cut into four portions and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

First, you should heat the 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a pan over medium heat. Then, add walnuts and garlic and cook them until they look a little brown, which should take about one to three minutes.

Combine the milk and egg in one bowl, then the flour, salt and cayenne in another. Next, take the fish and dip it first in the milk mixture, then in the flour. After you've completed all this, take the remaining oil and put it in large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add the fish and cook it till it is lightly browned, about four to six minutes for each side.

Finally, put the the walnut-garlic sauce back on the stove over medium heat for about one minute, add the lemon juice, pour over the fish and enjoy! 

2. Fried delicacy
Now that you know how to make a healthy catfish dish, consider trying out a fried one for special occasions. Southern Living magazine states that the secret to great fried catfish is cornmeal. However, this recipe calls for you to chill the fish for eight hours, so keep that in mind before choosing it for dinner. 

To make this delicious dish, you'll need 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, 6 catfish filets between 4 and 6 ounces, 1/3 cup plain yellow cornmeal, 1/3 cup flour, 2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground red pepper and enough peanut oil to fill a pan for frying. 

The first thing you should do is combine the buttermilk and hot sauce, and then catfish in a single layer in a 13- by 9-inch baking dish and pour the mixture over it.

Then, cover and chill the fish for eight hours, turning once. Next, combine the cornmeal and all other ingredients in a bowl and take the fish out and let it sit for 10 minutes. Dip the fish into the dry mix, then pour oil to the depth of 2 inches into a large, deep cast-iron skillet heated to 360 degrees.

Fry the fish for two minutes on each side or until golden brown, then put it on to a wire rack and keep heated in a 225 degree oven until you're ready to serve. 

If you've never tried catfish before, these recipes will be a great introduction to this tasty fish. However, if your an old pro at making catfish, consider trying out these recipes and adding your own spin on them to make them truly unique. Either way, your family is sure to love both of these delicious dishes.