A Simple Dinner:  BONE – IN CATFISH TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (whole, medium)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, generously)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Pour teriyaki marinade over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Turn over.  Place green onions on top.  Microwave for 3 minutes more.  When finished, cut the catfish into two pieces with a very sharp knife.

2 – Serve the catfish hot, with the marinade spooned over it.

–recipe original.

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WHOLE CREOLE CATFISH ENCRUSTED WITH MINCED PECANS

For 2:

–catfish (bone-in, medium, 1)

–Creole seasoning (bottled)

–minced pecans (one-quarter cup)

–egg (1)

–pepper (note: no salt; Creole seasoning has this)

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 egg in a small mixing bowl.  Stir to break the yolk.  Submerge the catfish.  Place the catfish on a large plate.  Season both sides with pepper and Creole seasoning.  Using a food processor, mince one-quarter cup of broken pecans.  Press the minced pecans against the catfish.  Then turn over, and also press minced pecans against the catfish.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of minced pecans.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the catfish for 3 minutes.  Then turn over, press the 2 tablespoons of minced pecans against the top, and microwave for 3 minutes longer.

3 – When the catfish is done, use a sharp knife to cut into two pieces. 

4 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish inspired by the Essence web site.

BAKED CATFISH DIPPED IN EGG – MILK – SHREDDED PARMESAN – FLOUR AND SEASONED WITH PAPRIKA & OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–catfish (2 fillets, small)

–egg

–milk (almond or soy for lactose – free; or dairy)

–Parmesan (shredded, packaged, half a package)

–flour

–paprika

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Crack an egg in a small bowl and add a little milk.  Season with salt and pepper, and then stir briskly.  Place a little flour and half a package of shredded Parmesan cheese on a plate.  Stir the flour and cheese together.  Dip the catfish, one at a time, in the egg/milk, and then roll in the flour/cheese.  Coat well.  Then place in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish adapted from the food.com web site.

CATFISH DELTA WITH PAPRIKA – CAJUN SEASONING – PARMESAN – WORCESTERSHIRE & WRAPPED IN CORN FLAKE CRUMBS

–catfish fillet (large)

–paprika (bottled)

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Worcestershire sauce (bottled)

–corn flake crumbs (or corn chex crumbs)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of corn flakes or corn chex in a plastic bag.  With the back of an ice cream spoon against the kitchen counter, break apart the corn to make crumbs.  Season with paprika,Parmesan cheese, and a little salt.  Shake well.  In a separate plastic bag, place the catfish.  Mix together a small amount of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in a small dish, and then pour on the catfish in the plastic bag.  Pour the corn crumbs on the catfish, and shake well.  Place the catfish in a covered baking dish (without water).  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Serve the catfish hot.  I also served broccoli and bean soup (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–catfish adapted from the food network web site.

CURRIED WHOLE CATFISH WITH ONION & RED BELL PEPPER / WHITE RICE / BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–catfish (bone-in, medium size, 1)

–green curry paste (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–white rice (instant)

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Bac-n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours.  Put setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of instant white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  Let sit at least 5 minutes.

3 – Slice onion and red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish (large enough to hold the catfish).  Add a little water, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the catfish on top of the onion and pepper.  Mix water and green curry paste to a thick liquid, and then pour over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes; then turn the catfish over, and microwave for 3 minutes more.

4 – Serve the catfish, with sauce, on top of the white rice, with the baby butter beans as a side.

–recipes original.

BONE-IN TUMERIC CATFISH WITH LEMON – SUGAR – GINGER IN COCONUT MILK / WILD RICE IN BROTH / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS / CANNELLINI BEANS

–catfish (bone-in, 1, medium)

–tumeric (bottled)

 –lemon juice (bottled) 

–lemon pepper 

–ginger (bottled) 

–sugar

 –coconut milk (canned) 

–clam juice 

–onion (one-half, sliced) 

–ginger (bottled) 

–wild rice (boxed) 

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium) 

–green peas (one-half package, frozen) 

–mushrooms (6 to 8, baby bellas, sliced) 

–cannellini beans (canned) 

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Slice one-half onion and place in a long, covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place catfish on top of the onion.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with ginger, lemon pepper, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Turn the catfish over.  Repeat the same seasonings.  Stir a little clam juice into the coconut milk.  Pour over the fish.  Set aside.

 2 – Pour contents of the wild rice package into a covered baking dish.  Add seasoning packet that comes with the rice.  Then add one and three-fourth’s cups of chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes, to allow time to absorb the broth.

 3 – Place green peas and mushrooms (latter on top) in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

 4 – Rinse cannellini beans in a colander.  Then place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes.

 5 – Microwave the fish for 3 minutes on one side.  Then carefully turn over and microwave for 3 minutes more.

 6 – With a sharp knife, divide the catfish into two pieces.  Serve each half on top of the wild rice, with the green peas and beans as sides.

 –catfish adapted from food.com web site; other recipes original.

SPICY OVEN FRIED CATFISH WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – LEMON – PINE NUTS / SPINACH – KALE WITH GARLIC / SQUASH CASSEROLE

–catfish (1 large or 2 medium)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon juice

–cayenne pepper

–parsley

–pine nuts (one-third small package)

–spinach – kale blend (packaged)

–garlic powder

–squash (2, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the catfish (1 at a time) in a plastic bag.  Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.  Drench with lemon juice and olive oil.  Add a generous amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs to the bag.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts.  Set aside.

2 – Place the package of spinach – kale in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice the onion.  Layer squash, onion, salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and breadcrumbs in a covered baking dish.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the catfish for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–catfish inspired by a Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) newspaper clipping; other recipes original.

BONE-IN CATFISH WITH SOY SAUCE & GINGER / SQUASH WITH ONION / BROWN RICE

–bone-in catfish (1 medium)

–soy sauce

–ginger

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–squash (5 small or 3 medium or 1 large)

–onion (one-half medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–brown rice (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Rinse the bone-in catfish.  Place in large, covered baking dish.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Turn over and season the same.  Add one-half inch of water and a generous amount of soy sauce.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with a drop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Keep covered when finished.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice one-half onion.  Place in two layers in covered baking dish, seasoning each layer with salt, pepper, Bac-n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

4 – Cook one side of the catfish for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.  Using spatulas, gently turn catfish over and cook for another 3 minutes on high. 

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–catfish and rice original; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

WALNUT – ENCRUSTED CATFISH WITH MAPLE SAUCE / SPINACH – MUSHROOM – ZUCCHINI SALAD / QUINOA

Note:  This is delicious, to our tastes, that is.  An easy company meal.

–3 catfish (small filets)

–walnuts

–cereal flakes (corn flakes, Special K, etc.)

–maple syrup

–butter or margarine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, pre-packaged)

–mushrooms (I use baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–zucchini (1 medium)

–feta cheese

–Caesar dressing

–quonoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Pour two-thirds cup of quinoa in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add one and one-third cups chicken broth.  Cook on high in microwave for 6 minutes; then continue cooking on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Set aside, with cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Prepare salad by chopping zucchini and mushrooms.  Add 2 handfuls of spinach and one-fourth small package of crumbled feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

3 – Using food processor, pulse one-fourth cup of cereal and one-fourth cup of walnuts until smooth.  Place catfish in plastic bag, seasoning with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the cereal – walnut mixture, shaking well.  Place in baking dish with cover.  Set aside.

4 – Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in microwaveable dish with cover for 20 seconds.  Add one-fourth cup of maple syrup.  Stir.  Set aside.

5 – Add Caesar dressing to salad to taste, not too much.  Serve the salad as an appetizer, while you cook the catfish. 

6 – Cook the catfish for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

7 – After finishing the salad, serve the hot catfish on top of the warm quinoa.  Use the maple – butter sauce as a dipping sauce (or pour over catfish if desired).

–catfish adapted from nuts.com; salad original.

ENCRUSTED CATFISH WITH OREGANO AND GARLIC / DILLED CARROT PENNIES

–3 small catfish fillets

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread stuffing (pre-packaged)

–4 carrots

–dill (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Pour 1 cup of cornbread stuffing into plastic bag.  Pound the stuffing to make the particles more fine.  On a plate, season catfish with snips of oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and olive oil.  Shake the catfish in the plastic bag to coat with the cornbread stuffing.  Place in a baking dish with cover.  Pour any remaining stuffing over the catfish.  Set aside.

2 – Peel carrots with a vegetable peeler.  Cut off ends.  Slice into round pieces.  Place the carrots in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper, snips of dill, and olive oil.  Cook for four minutes in microwave on high.

3 – Cook the catfish for 8 minutes in microwave (lengthier cooking times work best for catfish).

4 – Serve the catfish and carrots while hot.

–adapted from Quince’s (Wilson, North Carolina)

HERBED CATFISH / OVEN FRIED OKRA / SQUASH CASSEROLE

Note:  Now that I have a herb garden, this catfish recipe is a favorite go-to recipe.  The okra and squash are favorites of my husband Paul.

–3 small catfish fillets

–parsley, thyme, oregano, basil (fresh is possible)

–paprika, garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–okra (cut, fresh if possible or frozen)

–cornbread stuffing mix

–2 small squash (fresh)

–onion

–fine bread crumbs (plain)

–Bac’n pieces (soy artificial bacon)

 

1 – Place the tilapia fillets in the bottom of a baking dish with cover.  Add a small amount of water, just to cover bottom of dish and allow steaming.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.  Snip with kitchen shears very tiny bits of thyme, oregano, and basil.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – If fresh okra, cut in small chunks about one-half inch in diameter.  If frozen, use cut okra.  Dump in baking dish without cover.  Add two inches of water (about half the level of the okra).  Salt and pepper the okra.  Add a very small amount of olive oil.  Cook on high for five minutes.  Then cook on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Add cornbread stuffing mix, stirring well; be sure to cover okra thoroughly.  Add more olive oil (but not much).  Cook on high for 1 minute.  Cover with lid to keep warm.

3 – Slice the squash diagonally and then halve each piece.  Chop one onion.  Make two layers:  squash, onion, salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, small amount of bread crumbs, olive oil.  Cover with lid and cook for 5 minutes.

4 – Cook the catfish for six minutes.

5 – Serve hot.

–catfish adapted from Allrecipes; okra and squash casserole original.