Fried-Catfish Sandwiches with Spicy Mayonnaise
Moist, juicy catfish, coated with cornmeal and fried crisp, makes a delicious sandwich on a crusty roll with peppery mayonnaise. If you're not in a sandwich mood, skip the roll, but don't hold the mayo: It makes a fine dipping sauce for the fish.
Thai Catfish Salad (Laap Pla Duk)
This vibrant catfish salad with mint, dill, cilantro and a spicy lime dressing is served with a bowl of raw vegetables to balance the searing heat. "You want a really deep char on the catfish skin," says Johnny Monis, who recommends wild salmon as an alternative. "It's one of my favorite dishes year-round, but it's best once the weather lets you get the charcoal grill going."
Sweet and Spicy Catfish Sandwiches
These fantastic sandwiches--filled with moist, sweetly glazed catfish, a spicy sambal mayonnaise, crunchy cucumbers and cilantro--are usually made with marinated catfish and garlic butter.
Isan-Style Catfish with Sticky Rice and Jaew Dipping Sauce
In this authentic Isan Thai recipe from star chef Andy Ricker, whole catfish is grilled low and slow for almost an hour until it becomes meltingly tender and smoky. A fragrant dipping sauce and sticky rice are amazing with the fish.
Clay Pot-Style Catfish in Caramel Sauce
At the Spice Table, Bryant Ng simmers traditional bone-in catfish steaks in a sweet-savory caramel sauce. The simpler version here calls for easier-to-find catfish fillets, which are just as delicious.
Catfish and Potatoes with Salsa Verde
Salsa verde--the parsley and caper sauce traditionally served with meat and fish--adds a welcome kick to potatoes, too. In season, sliced tomatoes will also benefit from the sauce. Add them to the plate, and you'll have a complete meal.
The Jamaican spice treatment called jerk isn't just for meat and chicken; it's great on fish too. Rub the spice paste on catfish fillets and broil for a crisp, spicy coating. Though the sesame seeds aren't traditional, they add a pleasant crunch and rich flavor.
Spiced Catfish with Avocado
Mini Kahlon, a neuroscientist and cooking club member, learned to love communal eating at family dinners in Chandigarh, India. Her bright avocado salad is delicious with her Indian-spiced dish, for a fabulous combination of cool and spicy, crunchy and creamy.
Catfish Po'Boys with Pickle Remoulade
Jay Foster of San Francisco's Farmerbrown's Little Skillet does brisk business in these fried-fish sandwiches at Outside Lands music festival.