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Blackened Catfish


Adding cornmeal to the spice coating gives the fish a crisp crust in the broiler, without having to fry in oil.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 (about 1 1/2 pounds) catfish fillets
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat broiler; coat the rack of a broiler pan with cooking spray. In a shallow bowl, stir together cornmeal, paprika, thyme, cayenne, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper.

  2. Dredge fillets in cornmeal mixture, turning to coat. Shake off excess, and place on prepared rack; broil until opaque throughout and blackened on the outside, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges, if desired.

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