Catfish crusted in mustard

IMG_1904I love catfish and I love mustard and when I read about these going together well, I thought I’d give it a shot!  My picture doesn’t do it justice but it was delicious!  It was simple and quick with an easy side of corn and broccoli.

Ingredients:

catfish fillets

stoneground mustard – enough to smear both sides of each piece of fish

tsp pepper – gotta have the pepper this time!!

tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp olive oil

2 tbs butter

corn – 1 small can or fresh off the cob

couple florets of broccoli – chopped into small pieces for quick cooking

grains of paradise to taste – or other spicy pepper

1 tsp hot sauce

Preparation:

In a small skillet with 1 tbs butter, mix the broccoli and corn together with a sprinkle of grains of paradise.  Grains of paradise are like a spicier form of pepper and can usually be found in stores such as Whole Foods or Sprouts.  Their flavor is amazing! Cook over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until broccoli is to the desired texture.

Smear both sides of the fish generously with mustard and coat in pepper and sprinkle with cayenne.  Heat the olive oil in a second skillet and fry the fish for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until it flakes.

Add the second tbs of butter to the corn and broccoli then drizzle with hot sauce and stir.  Serve aside the fish and, if you want to, add a dollop of mustard on top of the fillets.  Quick and easy!  For an added punch, use a hot mustard or a peppercorn mustard, even a Dijon would work nicely in this dish.  Depending on your tastes, a dry white chardonnay or a bold red wine goes pretty well!  I had a Yellowtail Big Bold Red and it was nice.

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