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NOTHING SPELLS SUMMER LIKE GRILLED CATFISH


In many parts of our country, nothing says summer like catfishing. And where there is catfishing there is the very delicious Grilled Catfish. Chblaannel, Blue, Flathead and Bullhead all have their place on the summer table. Many eat their catfish fried, or blackened cajun style but catfish is a mild and somewhat dense fish that is perfect for the grill. It also has a sweet flavor that doesn't need a lot of seasoning. For a delicious summer treat try this great catfish recipe. First assemble the following



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-2 pound catfish fillets

  • 2-4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • Kosher salt, optional

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.


  1. Brush and oil the grates so that you have a clean grilling surface for the fish.

  2. Brush the catfish fillets with the Worcestershire sauce and sprinkle with the ground pepper.

  3. Place the fish on the preheated grill. If using a charcoal grill, place the fillets about 4 to 6 inches from the heat. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes.

  4. Brush again and turn. Grill about 5 minutes longer, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

  5. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.


TIPS:

Some people get nervous about grilling fish fillets. There is a fear of the fish falling apart and falling through the grate, or sticking to the grill when flipping over. Here are a few tips to help you achieve fish grilling success. 1) It is important that the grill is clean and the grates are coated with a bit of oil ( tongs and a paper towel with oil works well); 2) The grate should be nice and hot before putting on the fish. 3) A clean, oiled, hot grill will keep the fish from sticking to the grill grate. Catfish is firmer than other fillets, so it should stay intact on the grill, but if you are concerned, you can use a fish-grilling basket, or place the fish in foil packets—just keep in mind the fish will essentially steam this way and won't have the texture of grilled fish. Grilled catfish is perfect served with fresh corn hash, or creamed corn and stir-fried spinach with garlic. Of course, if you prefer your summer corn grilled on the cob, so be it. You may want to grill some fresh vegetables while the coals are hot- zucchini, onion, roasted peppers, carrots all work great with the fish. For a little extra zing for your corn, especially your grilled corn on the cob, try some Old Bay seasoning.


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