Lynn and I had some left over catfish so we decided a little blackened catfish would be delicious. The recipe we found recommended knowing when to flip the fish from the color of the smoke, that should have been a hint as to how this would end. About a minute after throwing the catfish on the skillet I could swear our apartment had just been smoke bombed by a SWAT Team. We had to open both patio doors and the front door while breathing through kitchen towels to finish making it but it was sooo worth it. It tasted just like the blackened catfish we had in New Orleans a couple years ago.
2 filets catfish
1 tsp crushed dried thyme leaves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
3 Tbsp melted butter
1. Preheat a cast iron skillet on high for 10 minutes and get your vent fan going super high (an apartment microwave vent fan won’t come close to cutting it).
2. Mix all the spices together
3. Brush both sides of the catfish with melted butter and then sprinkle both sides completely with the spice mixture
4. Drop a pad of butter in the skillet
5. Cook the catfish in the skillet for about 4 minutes on both sides or until flaky. (the original recipe claimed you can know when to flip it when the smoke turns gray).