Looking for low carb dinner options? Try this skillet grilled catfish recipe that is full of flavor and easy enough for a weeknight meal.
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At the end of next month, my family and I are making a trip to the beach. It will be Little Tot’s first beach experience, and while The Husband is a little apprehensive about road tripping it with a toddler, I am quite excited.
It’s pathetic, really. I live about three hours from the Gulf of Mexico, yet it has been many years since I’ve stepped foot on a beach.
I haven’t been swimsuit shopping since 2009. Two summers ago I was pregnant and feeling rather whale-ish. Last year, I don’t know how I managed it, but I only had to wear a swimsuit once. Summer was pretty much over by then and I thought I would just make due with one of my pre-pregnancy suits. Unfortunately, my post-pregnancy boobs did not appreciate it.
All this talk about the beach and swimsuits made me realize that my body was, well, less than swimsuit ready. Despite the fact that I work out for an hour four days a week, I have somehow managed to hold on to 10 pounds that I gained after getting married and then five pounds of baby weight. It was pretty frustrating.
Then someone suggested maybe it was my diet. Maybe I was eating too many carbohydrates? Well, that could be entirely true. I love bread. I love pasta. And I love rice. So I spent a few weeks tracking what I ate and discovered carbs made up about 60-70% of my diet. Yeesh . . .
So I’ve been doing the whole low-carb thing for the last few weeks – something I said I would never be able to do because I love bread, I love pasta, and I love rice. But it hasn’t been too terrible. I’m eating less bread and more lean protein and vegetables. I knew protein tends to make you feel more full, so no surprise that I’m not really that hungry during the day. I definitely feel stronger during my workouts and the best part – I’ve lost 11 pounds!!
The most challenging part of any meal plan has been finding new recipes. After while I started to run out of ideas. That’s when I decided to experiment with a few random spices in my cabinet. Catfish is a pretty neutral flavored, low cost fish. I seasoned both sides with the spice rub, then grilled it in my cast iron skillet. I was so pleased with how this skillet grilled catfish turned out. Full of flavor, very satisfying, and quick enough that it could easily be prepared as a weeknight meal.
If you are following a low-carb plan and looking for some new recipe ideas, check out my Low-Carb board on Pinterest.
More Easy Fish Recipes:
Skillet Grilled Catfish
- 4 catfish fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon each cumin, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground oregano
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Rinse fish under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Adjust an oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat broiler.
In a small bowl, combine cumin, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Sprinkle fish on both sides with spice mixture.
Add catfish fillets to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
Remove from heat and add lime juice and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Place pan under broiler and continue to cook until fish is firm and cheese is melted, about 2-3 additional minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to sit for two minutes.
Notes Any firm white fish can be substituted for catfish.