Spiced Catfish Tacos with Pickled Shallots and Chipotle Crema

Spiced Catfish Tacos with Pickled Shallots and Chipotle Crema

Recipe by: Nathon Lyon
Cookbook author, chef and Emmy Award-nominated culinary host for television show “Good Food America.”

Ingredients
(Serves 4)

8 corn tortillas, warmed through
2 avocado, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 limes, quartered

Pickled Shallots
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 pound shallots, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Chipotle Crema
1/4 cup organic sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Catfish
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions
Place shallots in a medium bowl. Heat water, sugar and salt together in a small saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour over shallots and add vinegar. Stir together. Let sit until taco time!

Combine all chipotle crema ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix well.

Remove catfish from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels. Mix the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Evenly coat the catfish with the spice rub on all sides. Discard any excess spice rub.

Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Heat until the butter bubbles up, turns brown and perhaps even smokes, approximately 2 minutes. Swirl the pan so the butter coats the bottom of the pan.

Gently add three of the catfish filets to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove filets from pan and transfer to a paper towel lined sheet tray or plate. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and repeat the process with the remaining fish. Flake the fish into bite-sized pieces.

Assembling the taco:
Smear a dollop of chipotle crema on a corn tortilla. Top with a few slices of avocado. Add some catfish, cabbage, pickled shallot and cilantro. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime. Eat. Repeat.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Seafood Watch ® a registered service mark of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Foundation.

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