Broiled catfish with lime-cilantro butter on a bed of spaghetti

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Sounds fussy but it's actually a quick and easy after work dinner for two people. I've only done this with the catfish but I imagine any other firm-fleshed fish would work as well. I found this in the Chicago Tribune 'Dinner Tonight' column.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While it is cooking, combine butter, minced cilantro, lime zest and juice, salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  3. Heat broiler to high; place catfish in roasting pan; brush half of the butter-cilantro mixture over catfish.
  4. Broil until fish is browned, flaky and cooked through, about 6 minutes; set aside and keep warm.
  5. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid; toss pasta with remaining butter-cilantro mixture, reserved liquid and 1 tablespoon of the pecans.
  6. Arrange pasta on a platter; top with fish, garnish with remaining nuts and cilantro sprigs.
  7. *Totoast pecans: place in a dry skillet over medium-low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes- watch carefully to avoid burning.
Most Helpful

5 5

I took inspiration from this recipe-simply, my pasta and catfish were dressed w/ a splash of evoo, lime juice, and cilantro. The flavor was refreshing and vibrant. I grilled my catfish on cedar planks and topped w/ the sauce from Grilled Salmon and Smokey Tomato-chipotle Sauce. I also served grilled asparagus, Mexican Stuffed Tomatoes and Mexican Sunset Bread (Bread Machine). What a wonderful meal! Thank you so much for a great recipe inspiration!

5 5

This was delicious and easy. Because we love cilantro and pecans, I doubled the amount of those. Also, I poured a shot of tequila over the catfish before broiling, which made it even more delicious.

5 5

I did not have cilantro and lime on hand so I used parsley and lemon. It was delicious. Thank you for posting.