Mom de Cuisine

Catfish Po’ Boys with Chipotle Aioli
October 27, 2011, 5:16 am
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I have to make a confession:  I was not a very good wife in my last post.  I said after a weekend of indulgence that we needed a healthy meal to kick off the week.  Well, when I said we, I really meant my husband and my children would be eating a healthy meal.  You see, I was leaving my family for the evening to attend a Pampered Chef party.  If you haven’t heard of the Pampered Chef catalogue and line, it’s cookware, bake ware, and kitchen utensils that are totally unnecessary and any foodie would happily spend too much money on.  It was nice to get out of the house, socialize with some  lovely ladies, and buy kitchen stuff. 

So after a night out, I was feeling a bit guilty that I made my family stay home and eat soup (to be fair, it was good!) and I was out tasting recipes from Pampered Chef.  The next night, I would make it up to my dear hubby. 

One of our favorite places in the world isNew Orleans.  My husband and I took a trip there before having kids and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on.  We spent the whole time listening to Jazz, walking the French Quarter, eating around the clock, and of course, drinking (also around the clock.)  I was determined to try every restaurant’s version of gumbo, jambalaya, fried catfish, red  beans and rice.  And we loved every bite and every minute. 

I’d wanted to make something reminiscent of our time in NOLA lately, but some of the ingredients used in Cajun cooking can be hard to come by here.  A short time ago, I was shopping and saw a bag of frozen catfish fillets and Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning (all in the same store, in the same trip, I might add) so I grabbed them and waited until the right time to bust this meal out.  As I fried off the catfish, my guilt about the previous night disappeared with each batch of crunchy and golden fish nuggets, as I knew “E” was going to love it; and he did!



CatfishPo’ Boys with Chipotle Aioli



2 lbs catfish fillets cut into 1 inch chunks

2 cups flour

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups cornmeal

1/4 cup Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning, divided

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 cup mayonnaise (or miracle whip for those of use that hate mayo)

1/4 cup chipotle hot sauce (or more or less to taste)

1 loaf crusty French bread

1 head lettuce leaves removed

Lemon wedges, optional



To make the catfish:  set up a battering station by lining up a shallow bowl with the flour, one for the eggs, and one for the cornmeal.  Add the Cajun seasoning to the flour and cornmeal and mix to combine.  Heat the oil to 350 degrees, and while the oil warms, batter the fish.  First into the flour, shaking off the excess; then into the egg, again shaking off the excess; then into the cornmeal, coating evenly.  Once all of the fish has been breaded, fry in batches. and Drain on paper towels.  The catfish can be kept warm by placing it in the oven at 200 degrees on a wire rack after draining on paper towels.

While the catfish fries, combine the mayo and chipotle sauce and set aside.

To assemble the sandwiches, split the French loaf and add lettuce, and catfish.  Drizzle with aioli and serve with lemon wedges. 




18 Comments so far
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this sounds great! i could eat aioli with everything!

Comment by Kristin

This is totally my kind of sandwich. Yum! Fabulous picture too. I love Cajun cooking, so you had me at fish, cajun and sandwich. Mmmmmm: ) Wow.. I love that you got to go to a pampered chef party. I love their products. I use their pizza stone and slicer all the time.

Comment by Ramona

I’d say that this meal could make up for just about anything. The po’ boy looks and sounds super yummy! I love New Orleans too! So many great memories from there. Oh…and pampered chef has some great stuff don’t they? I love their stoneware.

Comment by Shay

You are so passionate in cooking and I can make out from every post of yours! Lovely blog. Shall come back again very soon!

Comment by purabinaha

My husband loves po’ boys too. Great recipe, I will make this for him. Delicious!!

Comment by Bake Your Day

These type of sandwiches I could never tire of -yours does look delicious. Great pairing with the sauce. I am now thinking I really should get some catfish to make this! You deserve sometime away every once in a while so don’t feel bad about the pampered chef-hope you found some cool stuff for your kitchen.

Comment by Tina@flourtrader

That is a great-looking po’ boy–it’s exactly the kind of food I crave, but never make. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Comment by Cucina49

I just love chipotle and find that it makes a delicious dipping sauce – very nice home spun batter for the fish!

Comment by Kelly

This looks delicious, Alyssa!! Especially that chipotle mayo! Certainly a great way to make things up to the family. I love Pampered Chef too. The parties are always fun and I think they make really nice quality products!

Comment by Stephanie

I love po boys.. I really want to make a trip to New Orleans.. French Quarter and jazz sound so good to me and this food would be the cherry on the cake

Comment by The Culinary Lens

I TOTALLY need to make some po’ boys soon. The catfish is a smart choice for the fish too. Yum!!!

Comment by Joanne

Delicious! I love po’ boys…but I have to do chicken because of my seafood allergy….but I wish I could have this one instead!

Comment by Ann

Ohhh my mouth is watering just by looking at the pictures! That sounds like a fantastic meal! And the chipotle aioli…. mmmmmmm so good!

Comment by Manu

These Po boys look awesome!! My husband loves Cat Fish and I tried it in New Orleans on a po boy it was AMAZING! I will have to give these a try for sure.

Comment by Susie

Pfff! I just laughed whenever you “strike” the word. LOL! I’d be happy attending that kind of party with you. Chipotle aioli over this crunchy catfish…. sounds like a great meal!

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

I love the newspaper tablecloth. Looks so tasty!

Comment by Stefanie

I have not try this dish before. Sounds yummy.

Comment by Quay Po

Oh goodness, this looks so tasty! I love any kind of po boy.

Comment by Jen Roque

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