You probably see these sea-critters swimming in huge aquariums or in freshwater and controlled ponds. I mean, who does not recognize a fish like this? With cat-like whiskers, most of us don’t wonder what a catfish looks like. Enjoy a month-long celebration of catfish as August presents Catfish Month. Draw on your whiskers and have a plate of this very popular culinary fish.
Where is Catfish Eaten?
When you talk about fish species, one thing that you would never fail to think about is the catfish. Seemingly famous for its cat-like appearance, this freshwater fish has been a popular part of the meal for hundreds of years in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America.
What does Catfish Taste Like?
A catfish typically has white meat, with a lean and firm texture. It can be cooked in many ways, fried, steamed, baked, or grilled. People often debate as to how appetizing a catfish actually is. Some people would describe it as to having little less flavor with a peculiar odor that is not very enticing to the senses.
However, there are many people who love having catfish on their plates once in a while. In Europe, catfish is often served as a special delicacy during holidays and feasts.
Catfish has also become a very popular culinary fish in the U.S. Each year, lots of U.S. Farm-Raised catfish are being produced, beating all other catfish farms. This must have been the reason for honoring this seemingly famous fish treat with a month-long celebration of Catfish in the month of August. If you haven’t thought of a good catfish dish, here are some recipes that you will surely enjoy.
Catfish is very meaty, but kind of bland. One good way of giving a full blast of flavors to your ordinary catfish recipe is by adding in a tomato-based sauce with your favorite spices. This catfish recipe will definitely make your mouth water and eyes tear in happiness. The flavors of cayenne, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon, balanced by the tomato juice, and all other ingredients will blend well together. This is perfect for a dinner date with your husband, or with your kids, just be sure to keep the spices at a minimal level.
If you’re planning of a cool snack to prepare this month of August, a catfish taco dip would be a perfect choice for you. This catfish recipe is easy to prepare and makes a cool taco serving for 4 people. The avocado will balance the strong flavors of the tomato and all other additional spices and ingredients will enhance the flavors and give it a little kick. You can make this as a snack or as a ready-to-grab meal as you celebrate the Catfish month.
Bring in a little Egyptian flavor to your table by making tahini sauce for your catfish fillets. Tahini is a known culinary necessity when it comes to Middle Eastern cooking. It gives the dish a nice blend of flavors and a distinct Middle Eastern flare. This will bring more depth when it comes to giving more flavor to your catfish fillets. This makes a great simple dinner serving or even a weekend lunch with your family and friends.
If you’re going for a little herby and creamy flare to your catfish meal, then try this catfish with herbed lemon cream that will definitely make your tummies roar. The herbs will give the cream sauce a little edgy flavor, and the lemon will give a little hint of freshness in every bite. Soft catfish meat topped with flavorful herbed lemon cream can be a little too heavy to handle but is a certified fabulous treat for this Catfish Month.
Catfish is one of the most versatile culinary fish species that is easily available in the market. Oh yeah, one tip that you definitely need to know: Catfish has a sturdy structure, so cooking can be a little rough. But nothing gets past a hungry stomach. August is Catfish Month. Celebrate and have a great catfish meal with your family and friends.