Pepper-seared Catfish with Mushrooms, Pinenuts and Pancetta

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A Catfish recipe.



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Cut each catfish fillet into 2 portions.
  3. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
  4. In a medium sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  5. When the oil is hot, place the catfish pepper side down.
  6. Sear each side for 1 – 2 minutes.
  7. Remove and place on a metal oven-proof dish and place in the oven for 3 – 4 minutes or until no pink shows.
  8. In the reserved pan, sauté the mushrooms for about 2 – 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  9. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté for 15 – 25 seconds.
  10. Add the pinenuts, pancetta, lemon juice, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
  11. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  12. Place the mushroom ragout (mixture) on a warm plate.
  13. Top with the catfish.
  14. Serve with grilled asparagus and sweet potato.