I’m not a fan of cooking. I know, I know. Why would I have a whole recipe blog if I don’t really like cooking? Hey, you guys have to eat, right? And I love the creativity part of developing recipes. Anyway, I said that just to emphasize how much of a treat it is to have dinner prepared for me. I love visiting restaurants. Especially new ones. I’m always inspired by dishes on the menu. That is where the idea for this dish came from.
I’m using catfish in this recipe. But, honestly, you can use any fish of your choice. Catfish just so happens to be my favorite! I think it’s a Louisiana thing.
There is no BBQ sauce in this recipe. I know the name can’t be off putting to some. Especially those outside of the South. And I must warn you. This isn’t a mild dish! There is some heat! But, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s also butter based. Heat and butter! Match made in taste bud heaven!
Be careful not to over cook the shrimp. Once they plump up, they’re done! It only takes a couple of minutes!
I serve this combo over creamy mashed potatoes! Throw in a salad and/or some veggies and you’ll have a meal your family will ask for frequently! Make enough for leftovers! It’s even better the next day.
BBQ Shrimp over Cajun Catfish
- 4 catfish fillets
- 1-2 TBS Creole or Cajun seasoning
- 1 TBS cracked black pepper
- 2 TBS unsalted butter
- 1 T olive oil
- 2-3 pounds XL raw shrimp
- 1 stick unsalted butter NOT margarine
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- BBQ Shrimp seasoning recipe below
- 1 TBS minced garlic
BBQ Shrimp Seasoning
- 1 TBS Zatarain’s creole seasoning
- 1 TBS onion powder
- 1 TBS garlic powder
- 1 TBS dried thyme
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
BBQ Shrimp Seasoning
Mix all spices together in a small bowl.
Seasoning both sides of each fillet with the Creole/Cajun seasoning and black pepper
Pour the oil and butter into a skillet
Melt the butter on medium high heat setting.
When the butter melts, add in the catfish
Allow the fish to cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
Remove from the pan
In the same pan, add the butter.
When the butter melts, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, BBQ Shrimp seasoning, and garlic.
Add in the shrimp.
Allow the shrimp to cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
Serve the BBQ Shrimp over the catfish with mashed potatoes