• Spice mix
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon whole thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole basil leaves
  • Mix together and store in a lidded jar. You will probably not need all of this mix for this particular recipe. Use it on other meats as well.
  • 4 lbs. catfish fillets(total weight about 3 lbs.)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Heat a black iron frying pan for at least 10 minutes over very high heat. Cut each of the fillets in half. Melt the butter and mix with the olive oil. Place the spice mix on a plate. Dip the fish into the butter and oil and then dredge on both sides in the spice mix. Fry in a very hot pan just a few minutes on each side. This must be done in a room with a very good kitchen fan or out in the backyard over a very hot charcoal barbecue fire. Serve this with a great deal of beer, an enormous green salad, and Macaroni pie.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American
Submitted By: Linda Wilson
Blackened Catfish