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Dinner Tonight, Bachelor’s Fish Fry

This is the first of Jason’s guest posts that he wrote for me last week! 

Hello all, Lawfully Wedded Hubby here to bring you a special post about my dinner tonight.  Perhaps you wonder, what does LWH do when LWW is working at night and I have no one to feed me?  Well, sometimes I have leftovers or LWW makes dinner before she leaves.  Other times, wifey is too tired and I cut her a break by making my own dinner.  (We would probably disagree about how often this happens.)  Especially now that she has gone vegetarian, I often have to prepare my own meat (boo!  Feed me, Seymour!!!).

Well, tonight is just such a night and I thought I would take you along on my kitchen adventure.  Tonight’s dinner was quick, easy, and – best of all – cheap.  I present to you fried catfish with string beans and Cajun rice & beans:

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Ingredients:

1 lb (approx.) catfish

1 c. flour

1 T. Cajun blackened seasoning

2 t. seasoning salt

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. black pepper

1 t. cayenne pepper (optional)

1 egg, scrambled

2 t. Louisiana-style hot sauce

1/4 c. oil (approx.)

 

Directions:

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Combine flour and seasonings for the breading and place in a shallow pan for dredging.

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Whisk egg with hot sauce and place in another shallow pan for dredging.

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Rinse fish and pat dry.

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Dip each fish filet in the egg mixture and then dredge in the flour mixture on both sides.

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Cover fish filets in pan or plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two.  Refrigerating is optional but helps the breading stick to the fish better when you fry it.

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(Notice how the breading has soaked into the fish filets after refrigeration.)

Preheat a cast iron or non-stick pan on stove on medium heat with at least enough oil to cover the bottom.  Remove fish from fridge.

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Carefully place fish filets into hot oil.

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Cook for approximately 4 minutes and then turn filets over and cook for another 4 minutes.

Remove fish from pan and place on paper towels to absorb oil.

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Enjoy!

In this particular instance, I made some quick sides to go with the fish.

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I cooked some frozen string beans in a pan with a little bit of beef broth (any broth or even water will do, but we already had some started beef broth in the fridge) and salt.

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For the rice & beans, I used canned small red beans, rinsed, and white basmati rice (which I cooked in our rice maker).  I soon realized that I failed to season either the rice or the beans so I improvised by mixing them together in a pan with some Cajun seasoning and… beef broth.  This is inadvisable.  This is also why there are no pictures of this process.  The result was distinctly mediocre bordering on not-so-tasty.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some.  Nothing a little hot sauce couldn’t fix!

The fish was always the star, anyway!

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Thanks for reading!

– LWH

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  • Jebbica March 12, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I love it! I’m happy for LWW’s and her choice to go veg, but I’ve really been missing the meat on this site. You should do more guest posts!
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  • Becki March 12, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Lauren & Jason! You two are too cute! I stumbled on your website a couple of days ago when I was looking for a whole wheat biscuit recipe. Lauren – you recipe was delish! My only comment on that was I reduced salt from 2t to 1/12t and thought they were still a little salty. Next time – and there will definitely be a next time! – I will use 1t. But I digress! As a mama of a daughter just about your age, with a similar situation such as you, I have a huge smile each time I read your postings! And Jason, good for you cooking up these beautiful catfish filets! They look very tasty! You all keep on lovin’, livin’, and cookin’! Your lives will continue to be blessed!
    PS I hope you end up in Decatur – we have friends who have lived there for a while, rearing their kids there, and say it is almost perfect! Good luck with all you have going on this spring!!

    • Lauren March 14, 2013, 1:14 pm

      Thanks for the comment about the biscuits! I’m so glad you liked them. I’ll put a note in about the salt, I’m not too surprised because unfortunately I love salt and tend to make things on the salty side.

      Glad you found me! :)

  • Monique March 12, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Woohoo! I loved this post. So fun and awesome to see how Jason cooks when you’re working.

  • Callie March 12, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Iasonte, very nice post! I especially loved your optional use of cayan pepper…you like spicy things? SHOCKING! Lol, love your tip about how refrigerating the breaded cutlets makes it really stick…I always loose he breading when I try to cook, now I have a solution!

    See you soon!!!

    Love to you and LWW!

    <3 caleranna

  • Lauren March 14, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Man, Lawfully Wedded Couple sure knows how to make something like simple green beans look extra delicious. Catfish is a new fish for me and I’ve only tried one recipe (multiple times!) but I really like it. Great post, Jason!

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