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Food Factor: Skillet Catfish

August is Catfish Month, and when you need a quick meal on the table in no time, catfish is your friend! With some cornmeal, spices, and some olive or vegetable oil, you can pan fry some Mississippi farm-raised catfish to have supper ready in 20 minutes or less.

Skillet Catfish

Spice rub:

1/8 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 (4-ounce) catfish filets

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 lemon or lime, quartered

Make the spice rub. Put the cornmeal, oregano, cayenne, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper on a plate and combine.

Dredge both sides of the catfish in the spice mixture.

Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat on high. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the fish and cook about 4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked throughout.

Serve right away garnished with lemon or lime wedges.

Visit the What's Cooking website for a printable version of this recipe.

For more healthy catfish recipes, visit our blog post featuring alternatives to frying.

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