Catfish Poppers with Jalapeño Tartar Sauce

Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer

A crowd-pleasing favorite, these spicy appetizers are irresistible.

Ingredients: 
  • Catfish Poppers
  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
  • 1 3/4 pound catfish fillets, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil for frying
  • Jalapeño Tartar Sauce
  • 1 cup prepared tartar sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapeño peppers, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
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Method: 

For the Jalapeño Tartar Sauce, stir jalapeño peppers, lemon juice, salt and pepper into tartar sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

For the Catfish Poppers, combine flour, salt and Cajun seasoning on a plate. In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Place breadcrumbs on another plate. Dredge catfish pieces in flour mixture and then dip in egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs. Set aside. Pour oil to a depth of about an inch in a large skillet; heat to 375°F. Fry catfish pieces, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Jalapeño Tartar Sauce.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: Catfish Poppers, 300 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 85mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 25g protein
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