As I mentioned in my last blog entry, we have been doing A LOT of catfishing. One can only eat so much fried fish, though, so I set out to find some other ways to prepare this delicious catch. A few of our fisherman friends recommended a method called "poor man's lobster". Here's how it's done:
Cut fresh or thawed catfish into bite-sized pieces. Boil a pan of water on the stove, with a teaspoon or so of Old Bay seasoning, a Tablespoon of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Lower catfish pieces into the boiling water. Remove each piece once it floats to the top. This will only take a few minutes. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of sugar, and serve with melted butter and lemon.
I wasn't really expecting this to be very good. It didn't sound like a great idea to me. But once I tasted it, I was sold! It really does taste like lobster, and even has the same consistency. The kids even liked it! Next time we're going to make extra, and use the leftovers for a seafood salad. Now if we could just figure out how to make catfish taste like steak, we'd have surf and turf!