Truly Blackened Catfish

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This works best with small catfish fillets instead of large ones. Ideally each fillet should be around 4 ounces.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp. spicy paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
  • 2½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1½ lbs. small catfish fillets

Directions

  • Melt butter in a shallow bowl. Combine spices and place on a plate. Dip fish in butter and then sprinkle or roll fish in spices.
  • Heat a charcoal or gas grill on medium-high. Place a cast-iron skillet over direct heat for 10 minutes. Let it sit until white ash forms in the bottom of the skillet.
  • Place fillets in the skillet. Pour 1 tablespoon of melted butter over each fillet. Be careful of flaming butter. Cook for 2 minutes before turning fillets and cooking for another 2 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.