Monday, July 25, 2011

Catfish Are Biting

Spicy and sweet is a great combination and is so good to eat. That’s what I love about this dish, blackened catfish with mango salsa. I am also in love with anything mango. Eating a piece of fresh mango is true bliss. This dish always reminds me of sexy summer nights. The sultry spiciness of the catfish is enhanced with the sweet tanginess of the salsa.  Magic begins when you take your first bite and continues on to the last seductive bite.

Also when thinking about what catfish to buy (or any other fish/seafood for that matter), it’s always good to consult the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. They help you to find good sustainble fish to purchase and which ones to avoid. I find this is a super helpful guide for me and for others as well.

Well, I hope you love this dish as much as I do and it brings some sexiness to your mouth.  Mmmm, bring on the spicy FOODGASMs!!!

Now here are the recipes you need to do this yourself. Or with someone else!

Blackened Catfish with Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa
 2 mangos cut up in small dice (about 1 ½ cup)
½ red pepper, cut up into small dice (about ½ cup)
1 jalape├▒o, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Optional -Sriracha sauce, ½ to 1 t depending on taste (this will add a bit more heat)
•Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

Blackening seasoning
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon medium hot chili powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
•Mix spices together in a bowl and set aside.

4 large catfish fillets (USA farm raised)
Olive oil for pan.

•Put dash of oil into frying pan or on cast iron griddle pan.
•Heat it up, medium high heat.
•Sprinkle catfish fillets with seasoning on both sides (more or less depending how
  much spiciness you want)
•Put in pan or onto griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes each side.
•Cook till the catfish is firm to touch. Take off the heat and let rest for a moment.
•Top with mango salsa and serve.

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