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.
Fare Afield’s Bourbon-Glazed Catfish
By Johnathan O’Dell
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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