Fresh catfish is not only tasty, it is also an important component to a well-balanced diet. Fresh fish contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help clean plaque from your bloodstream to reduce your risk for heart disease. In addition, fresh catfish is high in protein, which is beneficial in building muscle. It is important to incorporate two to three servings of protein into your daily diet, and fresh catfish is a healthy fat and protein source. Add bacon to your catfish to compliment the taste and further boost the protein content.
Heat your grill to medium to high heat.
Wash your catfish fillets under cold water, and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Spray your aluminum foil with cooking spray, and place your catfish fillets on it.
Season both sides of your catfish fillets to taste. Do not overseason. The later addition of bacon will add saltiness. You may also add seasoning once you remove the catfish from the grill.
Grill and Serve
Place the aluminum foil with the fillets on the grill. Once on the grill, punch holes in the foil to allow smoke and heat through it.
Cook your fillets for three to five minutes or until the bottom half of them turn white. Flip your fillets with a heavy-duty spatula.
Spread your bacon strips on the aluminum foil over the hottest parts of the grill. Close your grill and allow to cook for three to five minutes. You do not need to flip them.
Remove the catfish from the grill when the meat flakes easily at the thickest part of the fish.
Place your cooked bacon strips directly on top of the fish fillets to allow the bacon fat and flavor to seep onto the fillets. Cover as soon as possible to keep your meat moist.
Tips and Warnings
- Overcook catfish can make it tough. Add a mixed green salad and brown rice to your dish to make a well-balanced meal. Serve with a wine of your choice if desired.
- Keep children and pets away from a hot grill at all times. Be cautious when lighting a grill to avoid burns or fire. Do not serve catfish to a family member or guest with a seafood allergy.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Nonstick canola cooking spray
- Seasoning, to taste
- Heavy-duty spatula