A few years ago, my son was invited to a friend’s birthday party. They were in preschool at the time, and when the invitation arrived, it was in the shape of a large fish. I thought it was going to be a fishing party.
The party was a catfish fry for a 5-year-old. It turns out that fried catfish was the birthday boy’s very favorite meal, so he patterned his party after his favorite fish.
In all honesty, my son liked the bounce house and birthday cake better than he did the catfish, but the adults, on the other hand, were gathered around the deep fryer to grab a golden nugget of catfish as soon as it cooled down enough to eat.
This recipe doesn’t require a deep fryer, and catfish fillets are on sale at Brookshire’s this week.
Sprinkle catfish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper in a shallow bowl.
Whisk egg whites in a shallow bowl until frothy. Dip fillets in egg whites and dredge in bread crumb mixture.
Arrange fillets on a wire rack coated with cooking spray in an aluminum foil-lined 15 x 10 jellyroll pan. (Do not overlap fillets.) Lightly coat fillets evenly on both sides with cooking spray.
Bake at 375° F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until fish is golden brown. Serve with Lemon Cream. Garnish, if desired.