When we were at the food pantry on Saturday, they sent home two 2-pound bags of frozen catfish fillets with us.
I’d never had catfish before, but on Monday night, I breaded and fried one bag into fish sticks, using a Cook’s Country recipe.
And despite the fact that I:
- patted the fish dry
- salted and peppered the fish
- dipped the fish pieces in flour, then in egg/mayo, then in a bread crumb mixture
- fried them
- dipped them in tartar sauce
…..I still thought the fish sticks were terrible.
And I always think that if you fry a food and still feel “blech” about it, you probably just DO NOT LIKE that particular food.
I mean, I thought the breading part was fine. But the texture and the flavor of the fish was a no-go for me.
One bag is gone, but now I am left with another 2-pound bag of catfish.
And what could I possibly do with the other bag if even frying didn’t win me over?
Maybe I will see if I can give it away…
Haha, well-meant-gift-ed toys.
I’ll stop there.
p.s. I don’t like most fish prepared at home. It’s not much of an encouragement to learn to fish.
Maybe try fish dip?
I hate taste of catfish. So many restaurants have big Friday “eat all the fried catfish you can” specials”-no thanks. In my part of the world to say I don’t eat catfish is considered revolutionary!!
I would definitely not PAY to eat catfish, at least based on this experience.
I read somewhere that catfish is aupposed to be soaked in milk to improve the flavor.
I bet the cat will eat it. LOL
Hmm, I wonder if she would! I mean, it is fish….
Despite decluttering at least one item daily for two years (while following the 365 Less Things blog) I still have too much stuff!
beth h. says
I can’t think of a worse thing to get stuck with 🙁 I would find a friend that loves catfish and pass that one along. Bleck.
Catfish is a polarizing food, much like cilantro. People tend to love it or hate it. I live in the Midwest and it’s common to eat it here, but I’ve heard people from other parts of the country say they don’t like the taste too.
Jenny Deville says
Use corn meal seasoned well with salt pepper, garlic & onion powder and cayenne. Then fry in hot oil. It’s the only way I fry catfish.
In SA, our nearest thing to catfish is something called Barbel. They are not beautiful, and are generally not regarded as edible (by anyone not food-insecure) so I’ve always wondered about the appeal of catfish. Now I know…
I say skip it if it tastes like catfish. Ha.
I’ve heard that soaking catfish in buttermilk helps take out some of the flavor….in case you can’t find someone to take it off our hands.
Yuck! Give it away! I can’t imagine it, but some people do like it! A sad waste of breading and oil.Did anyone in your family like it?
Only Mr. FG, God bless him!
And the cat?
I have way too many pretty gift bags. This is way out of character for me, since I’m a minimalist in pretty much every other aspect of life. There’s just something about a beautiful gift bag that yells “keep me.” So my stack of them is embarrassingly big.
As a southerner raised on catfish, I can say that frozen catfish that comes from a store like that does not taste like fresh caught catfish. Where the catfish comes from makes a difference in how it tastes! And catfish is best when you have thin fillets with a cornmeal breading fried crispy. I would say try restaurant fried catfish before you throw the baby out with the bath water. 🙂