ZESTY BONE – IN CATFISH WITH PAPRIKA – BASIL – TARRAGON – CAYENNE – LEMON JUICE & SEASONED WITH OLIVE OIL

For 2:

–catfish (1, medium, bone-in)

–paprika (1 tablespoon, divided)

–basil (1 teaspoons, divided)

–tarragon (1 teaspoon, divided)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon, divided)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, divided)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Sprinkle a few drops of olive oil.  Season with paprika, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Turn the catfish over, and repeat the entire procedure.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then turn the catfish over, and microwave for 3 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish adapted from Taste of Home web site.

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BONE-IN HERB CATFISH WITH CHOPPED FRESH TOMATO & CAPERS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note: I used Mrs. Dash for seasoning, for ease of preparation, but a good combination of fresh herbs would be basil, oregano, and dried bay leaves.

For 2:

–catfish (whole, dressed, medium size)

–Mrs. Dash (bottled seasoning)

–salt and pepper

–tomato (fresh, 2 slices, chopped)

–capers (bottled, 1 to 2 tablespoons, to taste)

–olive oil

–white wine

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered, baking dish.  Season the top with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, and olive oil.  Fill dish with one-half inch of white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Turn over the catfish, carefully.  Season with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, and a few drops of olive oil.  Place chopped tomato and capers on top.  Microwave on high for another 3 minutes.

3 – Using a very sharp knife, cut the catfish into two pieces.  Serve one piece for each dinner guest. Serve the catfish hot, with some tomato and capers on top, and white wine sauce to moisten.

–recipe original.

WHOLE CATFISH WITH SAUCE OF LEMON BUTTER – DIJON – WORCESTERSHIRE – SRIRACHA CHILI – HOT SAUCE

Note:  This is the best sauce I have ever found for whole catfish.

For 2:

–catfish (whole, bone-in, medium)

–lemon juice (one-quarter cup)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy, 3 heaping tablespoons, one-quarter cup melted)

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 teaspoon)

–Sriracha chili sauce (1 teaspoon)

–hot sauce (like Tabasco or Texas Pete, 3 drops)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the catfish in a covered, long baking dish.  Set aside.

2 – Place 3 heaping tablespoons of Promise margarine in a microwaveable bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Then place the Dijon in a small mixing bowl, and very, very slowly add the margarine, stirring briskly until the Dijon dissolves in the margarine.  Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha chili sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste (about one-half teaspoon salt and one-quarter teaspoon pepper).  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the catfish.

3 – Microwave the catfish for 3 minutes.  Then, using two spatulas, turn the catfish over.  Microwave for 4 minutes more.  With a sharp knife, cut the catfish into two parts.

4 – Serve the catfish hot, with sauce over the top.

–catfish and sauce adapted from the Spruce blog.