Strawberry Cats

photo by tasteofhome

Goodness gracious
... what am I thinking?

I know this may sound strange to some of you, actually it is a recipe I posted a long time ago.

It is not a recipe I came up with, in fact, one that is served up in many fine Cajun homes along the south. The recipe comes from a newspaper article I tore out years ago and, like many I have added my own touch. And with strawberry season still in full swing, I thought about this as I was munching on a few last week.

I thought I would put it back out here for you to decide, for you to comment on and for you to tell me what you think of the spicy sweet combination. Is this something you would try? Send me a comment and let me know.

Strawberry Cajun Cats

2 pounds catfish fillets
Salt & black pepper
2 ounces hot red pepper sauce
3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons horseradish
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Fresh strawberries
Parsley sprigs, optional
1/4 cup seafood cocktail sauce
    Place fillets in large shallow dish. Season fish with salt, black pepper and hot pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
    In small saucepan, combine preserves, vinegar, soy sauce, cocktail sauce, garlic and horseradish; simmer sauce over low heat stirring occasionally, while preparing catfish.
    Blend cornmeal and flour in shallow bowl.
    Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
    Drain catfish and dredge in cornmeal mixture, coating on all sides. Add catfish to hot pan and sauté until browned on both sides. Drain well on paper towels and keep warm.
    Spoon 1/4 cup sauce on each plate; top with catfish fillets. Garnish with sliced strawberries and parsley, if desired.

    Note - Strawberry Flavored Vinegar may be used instead of Red Wine Vinegar.


    1. I thought you have cooked a cat!!! Thanks goodness you did not, Drick....phew...haha! Never thought of strawberry sauce with fish but looks very delicious.

    2. wow really this is catfish, how pretty this is, just when I was about to ask you when you got onto the dessert kick you surprised the heck out of me with this fish! Absolutely mouth watering sounds heavenly~

    3. You know what... I like it! I love it, actually! It's creative! And looks awesome!

      PS. I was reading your cookbook before falling asleep last night, yes I'm weird and do that... My nickname is Zig just like your great-grandmother's :-) I feel like she and I are friends! Hehe.

    4. The title of your post made me smile :) It is certainly an unusual pairing of catfish and strawberries but I would definitely give a try - I do like to experiment with sweet and spicy combinations!

    5. Have to say I've never heard of strawberries with catfish. Or any fruit with fish for that matter. Hmmm...I do like fruit with other proteins, though. Plums with pork, raisins with, yeah, this just might work! What an interesting and unique recipe!

    6. I like it. Love fish with a nice frutiy sauce and the spice here complements it very well! thumbs up!!

    7. Oh how fun and exciting, catfish and strawberries--this is a must try I love the mix of flavors--great recipe, thanks for sharing


    8. I did a double-take with the title of your recipe :o) Sweet and savory meals are fun - never thought to pair strawberries and catfish. Sounds good!

    9. Well as you know, pepper jelly is really delicious, and sweet/spicy is a classic combo ... so I'm thinking, this might be so crazy that it actually really works!

    10. What a fabulous idea! Love the spicy-sweet combo! I have all of the ingredients and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing, cher!!

    11. Looks a pretty dish. I love using fruits in savoury dishes.

    12. Wow, that looks SO good! I love catfish, and the sweet with it looks like such a great idea.


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