Seared Cajun Catfish
To save money and have a fresher-tasting spice blend, make your own Cajun seasoning. Combine 1 tablespoon each salt, garlic powder, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, paprika, thyme and pepper.
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 catfish fillets
3 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
Heat butter and oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking.
Pat fish dry. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning on both sides.
Place fish in hot skillet. Cook until opaque on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
Turn fish carefully. Cook until fish flakes easily, about 3 minutes.
Use lemons to quickly remove fish odors from a cutting board. Simply rub a lemon wedge over the cutting board, then rinse with cool water. Works on hands, too!