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Jul 7, 2010 08:13 PM

Wild Catfish

The SO - frequent slayer of trout and occasional slayer of bass and blue gill - has decided to become slayer of catfish. I think it's the whole hunter/gatherer primal thing or something. Anyhow, it's not bad pan fried in corn meal, but as I'm predicting many dinners like this in the next few weeks I'm open to ideas. FWIW no deep fry, since my kitchen has no exhaust fan (should be illegal). I'm thinking bouillabaisse ...

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  1. Catfish Court-Bouillon (Coo-Be-Yon)
    Catfish Creole.....
    Catfish Etouffee.....
    Catfish Gumbo....(Sausage and Catfish).....
    Catfish Stew......
    Catfish Barbecued (New Orleans style) Bonus points if you add a few shrimp.......
    Catfish broiled....(topped with shrimp or crab, or "Trinity" or all of them).....
    Catfish grilled.........
    Catfish en Papillote......
    Catfish "Crab Cakes" ( substitute the fish for the crab).
    and etc, etc, etc,

    Then perfectly fried (outside) is a must!! A camp stove, propane cooker, etc. Anything to get the oil up to frying temperatures....Blackened Catfish would work outside too!! HTH

    3 Replies
    1. re: Uncle Bob

      corneygirl, Uncle Bob pretty much nailed it, but I'll add that you can fry foot long cats or fillets or many other items on the stovetop in a skillet with about an inch or less of oil without an exhaust fan. I have one and rarely use it.

      1. re: Uncle Bob

        Thanks to you both. Ithink frying will be done on campstove. I have a hard enough time getting the fryer grease off of me when I get home from burger/fry duty at the bar to think of doing it indoors.
        "Coo-Be-Yon" is new to me and sounds like tomorrows dinner.

        1. re: Uncle Bob

          YES to everything you said, Uncle Bob, especially the fried..To me, there's no better way (well the other methods are great too) to cook catfish than fried....and don't forget the hushpuppies & hot sauce. Yum!

        2. Two ways, both Chinese: Steamed catfish w/ ginger and scallions, and steamed catfish w/ black bean sauce.

          1. Damn Yankees! Up here teenagers inland catch catfish by the bushel and sell them to lobstermen on the coast for bait!
            Sad, that lobstermen have trouble finding ocean fish for bait.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Passadumkeg

              That explains why the lobster tastes so good!

              1. re: corneygirl

                The few times I've had wild catfish, they tasted like green pond scum...but I've only had bullheads.