Catfish Fajita Recipe

Catfish Fajita Recipe
This quick Catfish Fajita Recipe is as flavorful as it is colorful. (Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman)

A Southwestern treat from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, this Catfish Fajita Recipe is guaranteed to please the pickiest of palates

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of catfish fillets
  • 1 cup lime juice (5 or 6 limes)
  • 3 cups mesquite or hickory wood chips
  • 1 large onion, sliced and warmed
  • 1 large sweet red or green pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas, separated into rings
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Place catfish in a large plastic bag. Pour lime juice over fish. Seal bag and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour (do not marinate longer; acid in the lime juice will “cook” the fish).
  2. Soak wood chips in enough water to cover for 30-60 minutes. Drain wood chips. In a covered grill, test coals for medium-hot heat. Sprinkle wood chips over preheated coals. Lightly brush grill rack with cooking oil.
  3. Place catfish on grill rack. Cover and grill directly over medium-hot coals, about 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion, red or green pepper, and garlic in butter or margarine until just tender. Stir in salt and pepper.
  5. Cut grilled catfish into chunks and toss with onion mixture. Fill tortillas with catfish and onion mixture.
  6. Serve these delicious catfish fajitas with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and lime wedges.

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