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What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 4 (fish/seafood)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Tonight I made Cajun Baked Catfish!

I used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola. And Chef Meg put me on to smoked paprika; having never seen it in the modest little groceries where I shop, I had ordered some online. This was my first opportunity to use it! The recipe calls for regular paprika, but I figured the smoky flavor would combine really well with the Cajun flavors.

Unfortunately my goofy housemate had brought home a WHOLE catfish (well, it was gutted & didn't have its head--but everything else was there), even though we had talked about steaks, filets or chunks. She thought she was saving $$, but I don't think she actually did. Anyway, it quickly proved impossible for me to get it off the bone raw, so I smeared both sides & the cut-open inside surfaces with the seasoning mixture & stuck it in the hot oven like that. It took much longer to bake than the recipe, because of being so much thicker; it ended up in the oven about 31 minutes.

I have eaten one small filet thus far & hereby pronounce this recipe GREAT! The whole fish seems to have a fishier smell/flavor than catfish chunks/filets normally do; I guess it's been rinsed less in preparation or something. But this was not a problem, because the Cajun spiciness addresses it just fine--maybe dealing with catfish fishiness was one of the reasons they came up with this spice combo in the first place! And the smokiness is not overwhelming, just right.

I love how easy this recipe is.

But next time I will definitely shop for my own fish (chunks).
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  • -AMANDA79-
    Yummy!! emoticon
    I don't trust anyone to go to the grocery store for me!

    1904 days ago
  • INAFFIT319
    Thank you! When I think of catfish, I always think of deep fried, southern style, greasy, and that's not so healthy. This is a nice varition!
    1904 days ago
    My hubby loves to fish, and the freezer is always stocked with fish fillets ready to go, all year long. I try and try to get him to let me experiment with his fish, but he insists on frying it. He has no sense of adventure (laughs). You would think that he would have learned by now that some of his favorite foods and dishes are my "experiments"!
    1906 days ago
    Cajun emoticon emoticon sounds yummy... emoticon
    1906 days ago
    bravo for trying something new
    1906 days ago
    I'm there for anything that's Cajun! I also find catfish to sometimes be a bit "fishier" than other milder varieties of fish, but a nice seasoning blend can do wonders for it. Thanks so much for sharing!
    1906 days ago
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