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Mrowrrrrrr! Catfish for Dinner

My husband brought some catfish home from the supermarket. I really like this kind of fish, although it's a bit tougher than some other varieties. It's flavorful and cooks to a marvelous tenderness when done right.

I decided to try a breaded, baked fish recipe for this evening. I've been fighting off a virus all week and the last thing I felt like doing was slicing and dicing, opening cans of this that, that and the other and wrestling it all together. I wanted easy, tasty and fast and I got it with this recipe.

The breading is adapted from a recipe I got from a cooking buddy of mine on grouprecipes.com: chefmeow. She's a marvelous cook and I follow her many additions with a great deal of anticipation. The original recipe called for cod or a similar, more tender fish. You only cook it 10 minutes or so, unlike catfish, which requires more time. I also added garlic powder and salt and cut back on the pepper. Any way you make it, though, it's terrific!

Enjoy!

  • 1-1/4 pound catfish
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 to 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 to 12 tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Place a large cookie sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile cut fish into chunks.
  4. Put beaten egg into a small bowl.
  5. Combine breadcrumbs, herbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.
  6. Remove cookie sheet from oven.
  7. Dip fish first into egg then into breadcrumb mixture and on to the cookie sheet.
  8. Repeat with each piece of fish.
  9. Bake 20 minutes turning once until fish is cooked through.

I just couldn't get enough of this fish tonight. It was served with Near East brand rice pilaf and steamed broccoli.

Thanks, Ms. Meow!

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