Friday, April 5, 2013

Spicy Cajun Catfish Faves + Zydeco Fun

One of my dear friends stopped by today and surprised me with 3 pounds of freshly caught Louisiana catfish so I just had to cook it all! Here are two Cajun favorites that are just fab and much lighter and healthier than the deep fried version.  The spicy batter and delicious fish combine in your oven to make a quick and easy, entree for a great week night meal. Serve with a nice salad or steamed veggies. Bon appetit!

Cajun "Oven Fried" Catfish

1 pound catfish fillets
1 tbs. or more, Cajun seasoning
Cooking spray
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 tbs. Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 tsp. dried thyme
3 cups Zatarain's Wonderful Fish Fry (click here to order) or
use your favorite mix

Line a 13x9 baking pan with heavy duty foil and spray with cooking spray.

Season catfish with Cajun seasoning and set aside.

Whisk eggs and milk in a shallow pie pan. Dip catfish in egg mixture to coat.

Place the fry mix in a large ziploc bag and add more Cajun seasoning, if desired and catfish, one or two at a time, and shake until well coated.

Place fish in prepared pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about about 25 minutes. Fab!

Cajun Pecan Crusted Catfish

6 catfish fillets ( about 2 lbs.)
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
1 cup pecan halves,  coarsely ground
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp. Tabasco
1/2 cup flour

Season catfish with Cajun seasoning and set aside. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.

Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and Tabasco in a shallow pan. In a separate shallow pan, stir together the flour, cornmeal, pecans, salt, and Tabasco.

 Dip each fillet into the buttermilk mixture and then into the cornmeal mixture, coating well. Place on a greased baking pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Out of this world!

Serve with lemon wedges and my Creole Tartar Sauce. (recipe below)

Creole Tartar Sauce

1 cup light mayo
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tbs. each, green onions and fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tbs. sweet pickle relish
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Few shakes Tabasco

Combine all ingredients in bowl and chill.

I'll be sharing these at~
See Ya'll in the Gumbo @ Ms EnPlace
Tuesdays with a Twist @ It's Your Life
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage 

Zydeco Fun

Here's a little clip of some nitty gritty dancin' going on at Downtown Alive, last week. Corey Ledet and his Zydeco band were rockin' the crowd. Hope ya'll have a fun and fantastic weekend and remember to let the good times roll, cher! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Brandon Ax said...

This makes me miss home, I was actually born in New Orleans, I miss it. Great post makes me hungry.

Velva said...

You can tell the weekend is getting started. The catfish rocks!


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Mona said...

Marguerite...yum yum....I just love catfish and this makes my mouth water. LOL oh and I love your new header...hope you have a wonderful weekend..

tappingflamingo said...

My husband LOVEs catfish, and he should be getting some soon, he loves to fish! I will have to try these. The pecan one sounds REALLY good to me. Thanks for sharing!!!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Now how did you know I bought catfish to fry today?! ;) Perfect timing! Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to doctoring up my fish fry mix. :)

Leslie said...

Gosh, your fried fish looks amazing! I crave it in the warm weather!! I made fish today too, but it was sautéed with homemade fries.... I wish I breaded and fried it now! :)

Big Dude said...

Looks delicious and now I be wantin me some catfish.

Michelle said...

With the temps warming up, we'll be out fishing more and looking for lighter things to do with the fish. Perfection!

Michelle said...

Thanks for linking up this week! Glad you could stop in!

Joyce said...

Love cat fish, and the fact you included a recipe for home made tartar sauce as well, pinning it.

Consider linking up this blog post at Tuesdays with a Twist.

Connie said...

Oh, I have not had good cat fish in such a long time. I am drooling on my keyboard. Not a pretty sight, LOL
If I lived around you, I would weigh 400 pounds. How do you keep so slender and cook like this?
Have a great day.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Pam said...

Now I'm jealous for 2 reasons! One is your getting the freshly caught catfish---love it, and your recipes are great. I've made it with pecans and it's amazing how well the flavors blend. Next time I will use yours with buttermilk. Second reason is the great video and they're wearing shorts! It's 30 here today, yet again more rain, snow flurries and it seems like winter will never end. The dancing and music was great but the warm weather really got me going!

rosaria williams said...

Freshly caught and oven fried! yes!

Michelle said...

Wanted to let you know that your catfish round up is tied for "most viewed" this week. Your post will be featured when See Ya in the Gumbo goes live this evening!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
I was sure ready for a little Zydeco break, I just can't sit still to that music! Great recipe for the Catfish, we are fisher's here and we will really enjoy the recipe. Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh, Marguerite, what energetic dancing - so much so that every one of them no doubt would be able to wolf down both of your fab recipes. They look truly sinfully delicious.

Sorry I am rather late for the party - you know me, I will probably be late for my own funeral LOL.

Cheers and big hugs ~ Eddie