“Fried” Catfish with Potato Sticks

“Fried” Catfish with Potato Sticks
Staff Writer

 

A healthier and light alternative to this favorite fried dish.   

Adapted from "Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook" by Weight Watchers

Ingredients

 

Nonstick cooking spray

1 ¼ pounds red potatoes, scrubbed

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 large egg

¼ cup yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Four 5-ounce catfish fillets

4 lemon wedges

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Cut potatoes into ½-by-2-inch sticks; rinseunder cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Spread in single layer on one of prepared baking sheets; spray with nonstick spray. Bake until potatoes are golden brown and crispy, about 30 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

Meanwhile, lightly beat egg in pie plate. Mix together cornmeal, parsley, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper on sheet of wax paper. Dip catfish, one fillet at a time, in egg, then coat with cornmeal mixture, pressing so it adheres.

Place fish on remaining prepared baking sheet; lightly spray with nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown and just opaque in center, about 12 minutes. Serve with potato sticks and lemon wedges.

Catfish Shopping Tip

A fresh fish should not smell fishy nor have milky, opaque eyes; it should have bright red gills, firm flesh, and a tight anal cavity.

Catfish Cooking Tip

Whole fish should be stored upright in ice in the refrigerator.