This was the desperate plea by a contestant on a reality show on the Food Network. I remembered it instantly when I saw the catfish fillet on sale at the grocery store for $2.99 a pound. I got intrigued by the contestant's comment, as catfish is not a common dish to prepare. Many are daunted by the task of preparing a catfish recipe.
But what's not to love about catfish? First, it's so easy to cook, kinda what Rachel Ray would say chop and drop style of cooking. Second it's easy on the budget, especially when it's on sale. Well, who can say no to easy to cook and easy on the pocket. A bonus for me is that it is also a comfort food. My recipe for paksiw na hito or catfish stew really hits home, just like a warm hug especially when the temperatures are starting to cool down.
So get your rice ready as I am going to share with you today's recipe for:
Catfish Nuggets Cooked in Vinegar with Ginger and Lemongrass (Paksiw)
I have shared a similar recipe before but I added a twist with the Lemongrass
3/4 cup rice water (water used to wash rice)
3/4 cup vinegar
1/8 cup fish sauce or you could opt to use salt
3 tbsp oil
1 medium onions (sliced)
3 slices of Ginger
2 medium Tomatoes
1 stalk of lemon grass, pounded and sliced
2 lbs catfish fillet
In a saucepan put all the 7 ingredients together and bring it to boil. When tomatoes and onions are soft and the water starts to turn orange due to the tomatoes, add the catfish fillet. Cook until nuggets are done.