Originally from Arkansas, Texas oil man Big Billy loved catfish and had a hundred different ways of preparing and cooking it. He also liked to grill outdoors, drinking beer and telling oil stories (all true, by the way) while he cooked. Here is one of his favorite—and simple—ways to grill and serve catfish. For some of his stories, you’ll have to check out his Little Texas Cookbook.
• 4 catfish fillets
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 tsp garlic salt
• ½ tsp black pepper, cracked
• ¼ tsp red pepper, ground
Ingredients (Pineapple Salsa)
• 1 c pineapple, fresh, peeled and diced
• ¼ cup red onion, diced
• 1 c red bell pepper, diced
• 2 Tbsp cilantro leaves, fresh, chopped
• 2 tsp jalapeno pepper, fresh, minced
• 2 Tbsp lime juice, fresh
• ½ tsp salt
• Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
(Catfish) Rinse fillets and pat dry. Brush with olive oil, combine ingredients and sprinkle on rounded side. On a pre-heated grill, cook on high heat, rounded side down for 3 to 4 minutes, flip the fillets and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
(Pineapple Salsa) Combine all ingredients and set aside until catfish is grilled, then spoon the salsa on the fillets and serve.