My husband is from the Midwest and grew up eating fried catfish. This dish is one of his favorites, and yet the rich, toasty pecans and tangy citrus are a perfect complement to any fish. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Lemon wedges
- In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, cayenne and pepper. Add catfish, one fillet at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, cook fillets in 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fish to a serving platter and keep warm.
- In the same skillet, melt remaining butter. Add pecans and cook over medium heat until toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon peel and juice. Serve with fish and lemon wedges. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Catfish with Brown Butter-Pecan Sauce in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p92