Friday, June 10, 2011

Cajun Grilled Catfish and Veggies w/ Lemon-Butter Sauce + Zydeco Fun

It's summertime and the grillin' is easy and I just love to throw the whole meal on the grill and keep the heat out of the kitchen. I mainly like to use a gas grill, except when I'm smoking meats, in which case, I'll use my trusty Old Smokey. Most of the meals that I prepare on my gas grill are done in less than 30 minutes, like these scrumptious grilled catfish and fresh veggie kabobs  So easy and when I tell you that they are out of this world, then you know that I mean it, cher! Enjoy!

Cajun Grilled Catfish w/ Lemon-Butter Sauce

3 large, thick catfish fillets
1 large lemon, cut in half
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning
1 tbs. Old Bay, "Garlic and Herbs" seasoning
Salt to taste

If catfish is unavailable, your favorite fish may be substituted.

 Squeeze lemon juice on catfish and  sprinkle with the seasonings, set aside, and let marinate for 10 minutes. Meanwhile make my lemon-butter basting sauce. (recipe below) Spray grill with grilling spray or place in an oiled grill pan,  and grill catfish on pre-heated grill,  on medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes on each side, (depending on size), basting often, or until fish flakes with a fork. Fabulous!

 Lemon-Butter Sauce

1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tsp.'s crushed garlic
Few shakes Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. Creole or Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and use to baste catfish. You'll  want to double the recipe for basting the veggies, too.

 Grilled Veggie Kabobs

1 zucchini squash, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced.
1 red onion, cut in half, and quartered
 Baby bella mushrooms, whole
1 green bell pepper, seeded, cut in half, and quartered
1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut in half and quartered
Fresh pineapple chunks
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon-Butter sauce

Alternate veggies on skewers, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with lemon-butter sauce. Place skewers on grill pan,  and grill for 10 minutes and turn and grill for 10 more minutes. Baste often with lemon-butter sauce.

Serve with my Cajun-style French bread and a nice glass of white wine.

Click here for recipe. Bon appetit!

Zydeco Fun

Here's a little clip of some recent fun on a Saturday morning,  over at Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Cafe' Des Amis is one of those quaint little Cajun places where you can get a good authentic Cajun breakfast and hear live music and dance, too. And even though the music starts at 8:30 am., patrons are lining up to get in at 7:00 am! It's all a little early for me, but usually after a Bloody Mary or two, I'm raring to go! Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band were rockin' the crowd. Lassiez les bon temps rouler, cher! T.G.I.F

Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band

Wishing ya'll a fabulous weekend, filled with fun! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Ali said...

All right. I want to pack up my crap and move to Louisiana. :) I love your video clips. People there are just so fun!

I'm so hungry right now, those veggie kabobs and that cheese bread look so good. :(

Linda Starr said...

A lot of fisherman say catfish are bottom feeders and not good, but when we lived in Arkansas we had the best deep fried, cornmeal breaded catfish I have ever had, I suspect these will rival those. cheers.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

This looks easy and healthy too. Yum. And I've never had catfish served any way besides fried. Delish.

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

I keep eyeing the Old Bay seasoning on the shelf at my local fish store, would you recommend it?
Your fish look well tasty!!

A Kitchen Witch said...

You've just given me a good idea! I sat and stared @ fresh catfish filets in the store just yesterday, but passed because the idea of frying anything in this heat just left me dismayed. I think I'm going to head out to the store, now, so the hubby can crank the grill when he gets home. : ) Tomorrow is the Rockport, TX music fest..if we go I'll share a clip of some good 'ol TX country. As it is you've inspired me to be listening to KLCL cajun radio on the web all the time. Shoot!

nanny said...

Oh Yeah....grilling is the only way to cook in the hot summer....Love the looks of your filets!!! I would want a bowl of your creole tartar sauce too!!

Eddie Bluelights said...

I think you might well be invaded soon by a huge army of hungry, fun loving followers, myself included. Fish and chips will never be the same again LOL. Take care ~ Eddie

Joanne said...

So much of what's good about summer is the food ... barbecuing outdoors, fresh veggies from the garden, fresh fruit. Food tastes better, somehow, outdoors :)

Have a great weekend ...

Marguerite said...

Ali- You really should! :) Thanks, I'm so glad that you enjoy the videos and like the recipes. They're both very easy to make and I hope that you try them! Happy weekend!

Linda- These are totally fab! We have the best catfish in the world, here, and they come from our local ponds! Have a great weekend, cher!

Karen- Thanks, I love everything on the grill! Very easy, healthy, and delish, and I hope you try grilling it! Thanks for coming by!

FG- I started using Old Bay when I lived on the coast in Maryland. It's great and I like the Garlic and Herb blend for fish and veggies, but like the Original for crabs. Sometimes I use it along with Cajun seasoning for a double shot of spice. Thanks, hope you give it a try!

KW- Oh by all means, let hubby grill dinner, tonight! lol The Texas Music Fest sounds like fun. Enjoy! Yeah, Cajun music is addictive, just like the food! :)

nanny- I totally agree! Thanks, guess I should have posted the tartar sauce recipe, too. So glad you enjoy it!

Michelle B said...

I suspect that lemon butter sauce would be good on anything! Yum!

We're fans of going to Cafe Des Amis, esp. when Joe Hall plays. Lots of fun!

Magic of Spice said...

I love serving catfish, regardless of their reputation...and grilled veggies are always on my menu :)
And your Cajun-style French bread...a must! Glad I can finally play your clips again, fun :)

Vagabonde said...

I don’t have a grill outdoor, just a little electric grill skillet but I think it will work for this recipe and I sure will try the lemon-butter sauce – sounds sooooo good.

Cro Magnon said...

No catfish here in France, but I'll find a good replacement. Loved the music.... always good to see an accordion played differently to here (although our local style is good too).

kitchen flavours said...

You know, I have never tried catfish before! It looks good!
Music starts that early? A smart way to start off burning the calories from breakfast! Procced to lunch, burn that off and down for dinner, more dancing after that! Can I come over? :)

Kat said...

Marguerite! You know how much I love Catfish and this recipe will be used. I should never come to your site hungry! The kabobs look great and I am getting stuff from my garden I can put on there! Grilling over hot oven/stove top cooking in summer is a must! I use a gas grill too and it is fast and easy. I am promising myself to get a smoker soon. Have a great weekend.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Hi Marguerite, I am so THRILLED that you found and stopped by my blog and are now following! I love your Louisiana cuisine SO MUCH and am now following you back so that I don't miss a crumb of your posts! Please hop back and share a recipe post on my weekend food blog hop going on right now, if you can.

Maggie May said...

That looks very healthy food. Love the look of the vegetable kebabs.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Unknown said...

Donna from "My Tasty Journey" sent me over to see you:) Come join my Fit and Fabulous Fridays link party (link is still open until Sunday) and post your favorite healthy cajun recipe! I'd love for you to share!

Anonymous said...

I love coming and checking out you recipes they always Rock.. but I am also becoming a huge fan of your videos.. thanks for sharing great music and allowing us to check out your town! Very cool!
Take care,

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! I would love to have all of my followers over, but maybe not all at the same time! lol Fish and chips would pale in comparison! lol Cheers!

Joanne- Oh you are so right about that! And eating fresh fruits and veggies is my favorite part of the summer, too, besides the pool! :)

MM- You got that right, cher, and worth the calories, too! Cool, maybe we'll meet up there, one of these days, I love that band, too!

Spice- Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments and for catching up on all my recent posts. Glad you like the recipes and hope you try them! Cheers!

Vagabonde- So good to hear from you, cher! Thanks, and I think they would work perfect on an electric grill. And the butter sauce is sinful! Enjoy!

Cro- Any kind of fish would work for this recipe, and it's the seasonings that make it so good. Yeah, the Zydeco accordion style is very unique. So glad you enjoyed it!

Christine's Pantry said...

You're right that is a great place to live. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Gypsy Heart said...

Can I please come and live with you? I adore this food...the people of LA and the fun!


Drick said...

I don't know of too many finer inland fish as catfish, none in my book and grilling 'em is just outstanding... nice kabobs as a side too, might as well keep most everything on the grill... hope you had a great weekend

John said...

I don't pop up much on the blogs anymore. Just got back from NYC and Atlanta - 97 degrees there, but back to 62 here in the UK.
Another good recipe for me to 'steal'.

jmac said...

Just stumbled across ur it! Can't wait to read more...Im a Loosiana gal too and lovin ur recipes and MUSIC!!

Marguerite said...

kf- Guess it's not available in your part of the world? It definitely helps to keep the weight off and so much fun!! Sure, would love it if you could! :)

Kat- Merci, cher, it's fab and I hope you try grilling the catfish. And you're right, grilling on a gas grill is SO easy. Turn knob, push button, presto, dinner! lol

Maggie- So good to hear from you! Thanks, glad you like the kabobs and hope that you try them! Thanks for stopping by!

Amee- Hi and welcome! Your blog is fab and so full of great recipes! Thanks so much for the invitation and for coming by! I will!

ffd- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! So glad you like the videos and enjoy them! You're welcome, it's my pleasure to share them with you!

Christine- Hi and welcome! It is the most fun place on the planet! Thanks, so glad you like the recipes! You're welcome and thanks so much for stopping by and for following!

Roz- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for following me back! I love your blog, too, and appreciate the invitation! I will!

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

YUM! This made my stomach growl.

Marguerite said...

Gypsy- You sure can, if my son ever moves out of the guest room! lol Thanks, it is all wonderful, and I'm so glad that you enjoy it! Cheers!

Drick- You're a man who knows his seafood, and I couldn't agree with you more! They just don't know what they're missing. Grill, baby, grill!

John- Great to hear from you! Awww, that's too bad that you had to catch that awful heat wave! So glad you like it and thanks for stopping by!

jmac- Hi and welcome! Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! No place like Loosiana, cher! Thanks so much for stopping by and for following! Enjoy!

Jessica- Merci for the compliment, cher! Hope you try these! Have a great weekend!