Cajun Catfish with collards and black eyed peas

26 Nov


I found the inspiration for this recipe in a real simple magazine and it was the perfect cold night meal to savor while watching a movie with a friend. It is pretty spicy, but varied enough that its not overwhelming. Catfish is a type of fish I have been trying to eat more of because it is one of the fishes recommended for being particularly sustainable and safe to eat. It took about 30 minutes start to finish, so while it takes some planning to pick up catfish, it is an easy weeknight meal.

4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 bunches collard greens, thick stems discarded and leaves cut into strips
1 lb catfish filets
grapeseed oil
salt and pepper
1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed (or fresh is better if you have the time!)

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, cayenne, paprika, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.

Add the collard greens and tomatoes. Cover and cook, tossing occasionally, until the greens are tender, (if the pan becomes dry, add up to ½ cup water).

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the fish with the seasoning. Cook the fish until nicely browned on each side and white throughout (you can test this by cutting into the thickest part of the meat, if it is still raw it will be slightly pink). 3-4 minutes per side, depending on how thick the fish is.

In a small saucepan, heat the black-eyed peas with the spices and some salsa if you have it around or just water until piping hot.

Serve everything warm. The fish tastes amazing with a squirt of lemon!



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