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South meets the South with bourbon-glazed catfish recipe

So you’ve taken advantage of Mr. Whiskers’ return to community fishing waters,  caught some line-ripping cats, and bragged to some buddies.

Good. Ready to cook ’em? (The catfish.)

Here’s an alcohol-infused creation to turn your community catfish into some fine Southern dining.

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Fare Afield’s Bourbon-Glazed Catfish

By Johnathan O’Dell

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Four 6-ounce catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar


  1. Place oil in a large skillet or sauté pan on medium heat. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal and Cajun seasoning and mix well. Coat catfish fillets in seasoned cornmeal, shake off any excess and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add bourbon and brown sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3.  When the oil is hot, carefully add fillets and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until done. Remove fillets to individual serving dishes, then spoon the bourbon glaze onto each fillet.

Originally published in the May-June 2015 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine, this recipe was included in the “Drink With a Fish” article that was just awarded an Award of Merit in the Food Feature category from the International Regional Magazine Association.

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