Southern-Style Catfish with Tomato-Zucchini Rice

Southern-Style Catfish with Tomato-Zucchini Rice
Staff Writer
Phoebe Lapine

Catfish is making a comeback, and as Feed Me Phoebe demonstrates with this recipe, it doesn't get any better than when it's dusted in cornmeal and served alongside a savory rice made with two of summer's most valuable players, tomatoes and zucchini. 

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2
Servings
1946
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the rice

  • 1 1/2  Cup  chicken stock, or water
  • 1  Cup  Arkansas rice*
  • 1  Tablespoon  butter
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt, divided
  • sweet onion, diced
  • large zucchini, diced
  • 2  Cups  assorted cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1  Teaspoon  cumin
  • 1  Teaspoon  paprika
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ancho chile powder
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4  Cup  chopped cilantro leaves

For the slaw

  • assorted radishes, trimmed, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Cup  finely chopped green cabbage
  • 2  Teaspoons  honey
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1  Teaspoon  white vinegar
  • 2  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1/4  Cup  mayonnaise
  • 1/2  Cup  finely chopped purple cabbage

For the fish

  • catfish fillets, skins removed
  • 1  Cup  cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 2  Cups  buttermilk

Directions

For the rice

In a medium saucepan, bring the stock or water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice, butter, and salt. Cover tightly and remove to the lowest possible heat. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté the onion over medium-high heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and continue to sauté until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have released their juices, about 7 minutes.

Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to the pan with the tomato mixture. Stir to combine. Off the heat, add the lemon juice and cilantro. Taste for seasoning.

For the slaw

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-mixing bowl, reserving some of the radish slices for garnish. Toss until incorporated. Taste for seasoning and add more salt as necessary.

For the fish

Arrange the catfish fillets in a shallow bowl or baking dish. Pour the buttermilk over the fish. Marinate for 10 minutes.

Coat a cast-iron skillet with a generous layer of olive oil over high heat. Place the cornmeal on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Remove the catfish from the buttermilk and dredge it in the cornmeal on both sides, shaking off any excess. When the pan is smoking, add the catfish fillets. Fry on both sides until golden brown and very crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels. When the catfish is cool enough to touch, cut each fillet into 2 pieces.

To serve, place 2 cups of rice on each plate and top with 2 pieces of catfish. Using a slotted spoon and leaving as much juice as possible in the mixing bowl, scoop about ¼ cup of slaw on top of the fish. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and some additional sliced radishes. Enjoy immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
63g
90%
Sugar
32g
36%
Saturated Fat
25g
100%
Cholesterol
21mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
302g
100%
Protein
45g
98%
Vitamin A, RAE
475µg
68%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
70mg
93%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
95µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
554mg
55%
Choline, total
42mg
10%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
20g
80%
Fluoride, F
105µg
4%
Folate, total
421µg
100%
Iron, Fe
16mg
89%
Magnesium, Mg
405mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
7mg
100%
Niacin
22mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
1974mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
3709mg
100%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Water
512g
19%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

Southern Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Southern Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.