Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Spicy Blackened Catfish

2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 catfish fillets (about 1 pound)
1 large garlic clove, sliced thin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
lemon wedges as an accompaniment
In a small bowl combine the paprika, oregano, thyme, cayenne,
sugar, salt, and black pepper. Pat the catfish dry, and sprinkle
the spice mixture on both sides of the fillet, coating them well.
In a large skillet saute the garlic in the oil over moderately
high heat, stirring, until it is golden brown and discard the
garlic. Add the butter, heat it until the foam subsides, and in
the fat, saute the catfish for 4 minutes on each side, or until
it is cooked through. Transfer the catfish fillets with a slotted
spatula to 2 plates and serve them with the lemon wedges.

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