Spicy Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish


1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and fresh ground pepper
4 catfish fillets (8 ounces each), rinsed and patted dry
2 teaspoons canola oil


On a baking sheet, mix together cornmeal, paprika, cumin, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Dredge fish in cornmeal mixture, turning to coat both sides.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Place 2 catfish fillets in the skillet, skin side up. Cook until crust is browned and fish is firm, 6 to 8 minutes on each side. 

If crust is starting to turn too brown, reduce heat. Transfer fish to a plate; keep warm. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Repeat with remaining oil and fish.

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