Meaty, moist catfish is one of Rick Bayless' favorite candidates for the grill or broiler. Have your fishmonger cut steaks from a whole fish. Or substitute thick catfish fillets or bluefish steaks or fillets. Skewered, grilled scallops are great with this sauce too.
Amazing Seafood Recipes
Eight 4-ounce catfish steaks, about 1-inch thick
2 cups Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 unpeeled garlic cloves
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, preferably fresh ground
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup Fish Stock or chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
Coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
How to Make It
Lay the catfish steaks in a large nonreactive baking dish. Mix 1/4 cup of the Roasted Tomatillo–Chipotle Salsa with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the brush the mixture on both sides of the fish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 6 hours.
Heat a large nonreactive skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and toast, turning occasionally, until softened and blackened in spots, about 15 minuts. Let cool slightly, then peel.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups salsa to the skillet along with the cumin, pepper and toasted garlic cloves. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the stock, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt.
Light a grill or preheat the oven to 450° and heat a large cast-iron grill pan. Remove the catfish from the marinade and season lightly with salt. If grilling, cook on a lightly oiled grill, turning once, for 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until nicely seared and cooked through. Alternatively, lightly oil the grill pan and cook over moderately high heat until nicely browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the fish and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
Transfer the fish to a serving platter, spoon the sauce over and around the fish and garnish with cilantro. Serve without hesitation.
This dish calls for a well-chilled medium-weight beer. Try Anchor Steam from San Francisco or Grolsch from the Netherlands.
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