Catfish is one of my favorite kinds of fresh water fish. I love the mild taste and the flaking consistency of the meat. Typically, catfish is dredged in corn meal and fried. However, in this recipe I dredged it in flour and pan fried it in some olive oil. I then made a very fresh salsa and served it on top of the cooked fish. The result was an absolutely delicious and healthy meal – not to mention affordable!
Here is what you will need for this recipe:
4 catfish fillets
1 cup shredded green cabbage
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup very finely chopped white onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup very finely chopped cucumber (I used a Persian cucumber)
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt & Pepper
Rinse and pat dry the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a bowl and dredge the fish, on fillet at a time, shaking off the excess flour.
Heat a large skillet with about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place the fish in the hot pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until bottom is golden brown. Flip fish and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Cook the fish in batches if necessary.
Place all the vegetables in a bowl. Mix well and add the lemon juice (here’s a top secret – if you have bottle of jalapenos pour some of the liquid into your salsa). Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt. Mix well.
Serve the fish topped with the salsa. Delicious, fresh meal!