Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 2/3 cup quinoa mixture)

Sustainable Choice. Farmed catfish is an inexpensive, sustainable option. For a kid-friendly dish, omit the jalapeño in the quinoa.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice. Drain well. Combine 1/2 cup hot water and quinoa in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place cornmeal in a shallow dish. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Dredge fish in cornmeal. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan; keep warm.

Step 3

Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to pan. Add bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add corn; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in quinoa, tomato, onions, and juice. Serve fish with quinoa mixture and lemon wedges.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


June 07, 2015
Making this again first time I made it was a hit

June 07, 2015
I made this a month ago . Was a hit with my husband . Making it tomorrow


April 09, 2015
Bland fish.  The quinoa salad takes a surprisingly long time to assemble and was an underwhelming, underflavored, waterlogged waste.  I won't be making this again.

angiekrissv's Review

January 15, 2015
This is a great recipe - especially the side dish. I make it all the time in the summer and serve it with grilled trout or salmon. It's definitely a hit with guests for a casual patio dinner. The leftovers are good too - just heat them up in a skillet.

demopo's Review

June 03, 2014
Although the quinoa mixture was interesting, the fish itself was not. Very, very bland, and for some reason not crispy. i would not make this again. CL's Bayou Catfish Fillets is much easier and much tastier.

jspicest's Review

February 04, 2014
I really liked the catfish, but I thought the quinoa was kind of bland. I would have liked more flavor to it.

off2golfing's Review

September 03, 2013

Surfergirl42's Review

June 18, 2013
We really enjoyed this dish! I added cayenne pepper to the cornmeal before frying it and added 2 jalapeños only because we like things a bit more spicy than the average person. Would definitely make again. The fresh ingredients make it!

kodonnell's Review

May 25, 2013
This was excellent and easy. The quinoa sauté made the dish. I used more garlic and jalapeño. Next time I will use an orange bell pepper for more color. Served with lime slices instead of lemons.

steponme's Review

May 22, 2013
I used tilapia and lemon pepper seasoning. I my have cooked it too long in an effort to brown the cornmeal. I like the idea of using less oil for fying, next time I'll try with catfish. the quinoa was delicious and went well with the fish, I also made an added side of CL Wilted Cabbage with Cumin; great meal.