Recipe courtesy of Cafe des Amis

Fried Catfish topped with Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce:

5 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced green bell pepper

1/4 tablespoon minced garlic

5 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 tablespoon chicken base

3/4 tablespoon crab base

1/4 tablespoon granulated garlic

1/8 teaspoon dried basil

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pinch dried thyme

3 cups milk

1/4 cup white wine

4 ounces American cheese, cubed

1 pound peeled crawfish tails

2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Fried Catfish:

2 (4-ounce) catfish fillets

Creole seasoning, as needed

2 eggs

2 cups milk

2 cups flour

2 cups cornmeal

Cottonseed oil, for frying


  1. For the sauce: In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onions, peppers and garlic until wilted. Add the flour and stir until a blond roux is achieved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the sugar, chicken base, crab base, granulated garlic, basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper and thyme. Add the milk and wine and cook over medium heat until the milk thickens, stirring constantly, about 6 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts and fully incorporates into the sauce. Add the crawfish tails and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes. Add the green onions just before serving.
  2. For the catfish: Sprinkle the catfish with Creole seasoning. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk. Coat the catfish in flour and dip in the milk/egg mixture, then coat with cornmeal. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large skillet. Fry the catfish until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Serve the catfish with the crawfish au gratin sauce.