Chili-Grilled Catfish Skewers

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by 3KillerBs

I got 10lbs of catfish nuggets on sale and I wanted a change from the usual breading and frying. Just enough bite, but not overwhelmingly spicy. DH wanted thirds so I guess I should have doubled the batch. Note: Catfish nuggets are a regional item mainly found in the southern US. They are the irregular odds and ends of broken fillets left over from the packing process. Either whole catfish fillets or any other firm, white fish with enough integrity to stay on the skewers can be substituted if you can't get catfish nuggets.

Top Review by Michele555

Like the creator of this recipe, I also found some cheap frozen catfish nuggets. Was having trouble finding suggestions other than breading and frying. (Not that I have anything against breading and frying:) The only variation I made from the recipe I made was that I let the nuggets marinate in the prescribed sauce for at least an hour. Then (because I had no realistic access to a grill of any kind)---no, that's a lie...because I was cold and lazy and didn't want to BBQ after working all day in 50° weather...I pan fried my marinaded nuggets with a bit of oil over high heat until they flaked into perfection. They were served over a green salad with pepper-jack cheese and chipotle dressing. Thank you for basically make a $0.99/lb. fish into something I'd love to make again and again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thread catfish nuggets on 6-8 bamboo skewers.
  2. Mix sauce ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Brush sauce onto both sides of the catfish skewers and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat grill medium high.
  5. Brush one side of catfish skewers with sauce again.
  6. Load into grilling basket and place on grill sauce side down.
  7. Grill 3-5 minutes until half done.
  8. Brush with remaining sauce.
  9. Flip and grill another 3-5 minutes until done.
  10. Note: The grilling basket may or may not be necessary. I am very nervous about cooking fish on the grill without it and risking losing our dinner into the flames.

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