West Meets South - Blacken Catfish with Crawfish Etouffee

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Oct. 26, 2013

Here are 2 video recipes. one from the west and one from the south. My good buddy Rus, from Smoky Ribs, will be tackling a west coast favorite, fish tacos and I will be preparing a southern dish blacken catfish smothered with craw fish etouffee.


For crawfish etouffee sauce
Butter 1/2 Pound
Celery stalk 1 , chopped
Onion 1 Medium , chopped
Bell pepper 1 Medium , chopped
Flour 2 Tablespoon
Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
Salt and pepper To Taste
Crawfish tail 1 Pound
Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (or more if needed)
Cayenne 1 Pinch
For blacken catfish
Catfish filets 2
Melted butter 2 Tablespoon (as needed)
Blackened seasoning 2 Tablespoon (as needed)
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Chopped green onion 1 Tablespoon
White sauce for fish taco
Mayo 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sour cream 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Zest of lemon 1/2
Juice of lemon 1
Jalapeno 1 , seeded, cored, minced
Minced capers 1 Teaspoon
Dried oregano 1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin 1/2 Teaspoon
Dried dill weed 1/2 Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1 Teaspoon
Batter for fish taco
All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Cornstarch 2 Tablespoon
Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Eggs 1
Beer 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Filling for fish tacos
Catfish fillet 1 Pound , cut into strips
All purpose flour 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (as needed)
Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)
Corn tortillas 6 (as needed)
Shredded green cabbage 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (as needed)


For Crawfish Etoufee Sauce and Blacken Catfish:


For Sauce:

1. Place a saucepan on flame, melt butter and add onion, celery, and bell pepper. Saute for 10 minutes or until translucent.

2. Add flour and saute for another 5-10 minutes or until flour is cooked

3. Stir in tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Then add crawfish and mix well. Pour 1 cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning and add cayenne pepper.

For Blacken Catfish

4. Baste fish with melted butter and coat with seasoning on both sides.

5. Place cast iron skillet on flame, pour melted butter and oil in it.

6. Place catfish in hot oil and cook for 2 minutes on each side.


7. Garnish with green onion and serve catfish with etoufee on top.

For Fish Taco:


For White Sauce:

1. In a bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, jalapeno, capers, oregano, cumin, dill weed, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.

For Batter:

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and beer. Pour the mixture into the bowl with flour and mix to form batter (pancake batter consistency). Set aside.


4. Roll fish strips in flour, shake to remove excess and then dip them in batter, one at a time. Place on a plate and set aside.

5. In a pan, heat oil and fry fish for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towel to drain off excess oil. Fry in batches.

6. Fry corn tortillas in oil


7. On fried tortillas, place fried fish, lay cabbage and top it with sauce.


8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 8