BBQ Shrimp over Cajun Catfish

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.

Happy Cooking,
B. Coop

BBQ Shrimp over Cajun Catfish

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people



  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1-2 TBS Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 TBS cracked black pepper
  • 2 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1 T olive oil

BBQ Shrimp

  • 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

  1. Mix all spices together in a small bowl.


  1. Seasoning both sides of each fillet with the Creole/Cajun seasoning and black pepper
  2. Pour the oil and butter into a skillet
  3. Melt the butter on medium high heat setting.
  4. When the butter melts, add in the catfish
  5. Allow the fish to cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
  6. Remove from the pan
  7. Set aside.

BBQ Shrimp

  1. In the same pan, add the butter.
  2. When the butter melts, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, BBQ Shrimp seasoning, and garlic.
  3. Add in the shrimp.
  4. Allow the shrimp to cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Serve the BBQ Shrimp over the catfish with mashed potatoes
  7. Enjoy.

Crawfish Étouffée over Baked Cajun Catfish

Okay, a few of my seasoned cookies wanted an etouffee recipe using a roux. I gotcha babe! I even gave my visual learners a recipe video! AND an amazing baked Catfish recipe too! All in one! See, I told y’all I love ya!! Check it out!



B. Coop

Crawfish Etouffee over Baked Cajun Catfish
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  2. 1/3 cup of flour (all purpose)
  3. Trinity (1/2 green 1/2 red bell peppers, 1 yellow onion, 1 celery stalk) finely chopped
  4. 1-2lbs of frozen crawfish tails (thawed) reserve fat
  5. 2 cups of water
  6. 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  7. 1 tablespoon of Liquid crab boil
  8. Cajun spices (I used Tony's)
  9. Green onions
  1. 4 Catfish filets
  2. 2 tablespoons Tony's
  3. 1 tablespoon each of Onion powder, Accent, Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash, and Parsley Flakes
  4. Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  5. 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  1. Heat oil
  2. Whisk in flour slowly
  3. Add spices
  4. Continue whisking on medium heat until roux is a peanut butter color
  5. Add veggies
  6. Saute until translucent; 5-7 mins
  7. Pour in crawfish fat, crab boil, and water
  8. Bring to a simmer
  9. Add the remaining water and bouillon cubes
  10. Simmer for 20 mins
  11. Taste and adjust seasoning
  12. Add crawfish tails
  13. Simmer for 5 mins.
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Dry fish with paper towels
  3. Rub with seasoning
  4. Pour on lemon juice and butter
  5. Top with lemons
  6. Bake for 20 mins.
  7. Enjoy!
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