I have a little secret, I LOVE fried catfish. Growing up in the south, fried catfish is basically on the menu at every seafood restaurant. Something about the crispy coating and the white fluffy inside makes me happy. Fried food is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, but it comes with a hefty price since it’s fried. I decided it was time to take my beloved catfish and give it a new spin. My Blackened Catfish is juicy, flavorful and only 8 SmartPoints per serving.
You can buy blackening seasoning OR you can make your own! I have way too many spices to count so I typically make my own. You could easily make the seasoning in bulk so that you have it on hand for any other recipe. The blackened seasons would be so good with chicken, shrimp, scallops…. YUM! Every time I make this recipe, I immediately think of cajun food and it takes me back to being in New Orleans. I love cajun food and at almost every restaurant in New Orleans they have blackened shrimp or fish.
I definitely recommend cooking the catfish first in a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have one, get one! You can basically use it for cooking anything. I love mine! Blackened Catfish is a great meal for any day of the week; it’s healthy and easy to make! Perfect when you are craving creole or cajun food!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Blackened Catfish, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: