Sautéed Catfish with Mustard Sauce
- SERVINGS: 4
Dry mustard can be intensely hot, much more so than most prepared mustards. We've used it to make a creamy sauce and paired it with crisp cornmeal-coated catfish.
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 4 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 egg, beaten to mix
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the cream and the mustard. Let sit about 10 minutes.
- In a shallow dish, combine the egg with the 1 tablespoon cream. In another shallow dish, combine the cornmeal with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Dip the fillets into the egg mixture and then into the seasoned cornmeal. Shake off the excess cornmeal.
- In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderate heat. Add half the cornmeal-coated fish and fry, turning once, until the fillets are golden on the outside and just done in the center, about 4 minutes per side for 3/4-inch-thick fillets. Drain the fish on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and fish fillets. Wipe out the pan.
- Put the pan over moderate heat. Add the broth and garlic and bring to a simmer. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cream; simmer until reduced to approximately 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved mustard cream and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and simmer until warm through, about 1 minute longer. Serve the catfish fillets topped with the sauce.
German Rieslings are tremendously flexible with food. A classic Riesling, one that is not fully dry, is ideal for cooling the heat of the mustard and cutting through the rich cream, too.