Catfish Roasted with Sesame Seeds, Basil, Garlic and Spinach

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This beautifully plated dish has lots of flavor and the spinach gives it color and texture.

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Ingredients

  • 4 4-6 oz. U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fillets
  • 1/2 10 oz. bag washed spinach, coarse stems removed, chopped
  • 1/4 C. minced fresh basil or Italian parsley
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. brown mustard
  • 1 Tbs. sesame oil (available in the Asian food section of most supermarkets)
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 C. white or black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce

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Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place catfish fillets on an oiled baking pan. Tuck a handful of spinach under each fillet. Fold under about 2 inches of the thin end of each fillet to enclose spinach at one end. In a small bowl, whisk together basil or parsley, garlic, mustard, oils, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Spread mixture over catfish. Sprinkle heavily with sesame seeds and lightly with cayenne pepper. Roast for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Yield: 4 servings

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