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Catfish Katsu & Yakiniku Sauce

with Sesame Cabbage & Jasmine Rice

Catfish Katsu & Yakiniku Sauce with Sesame Cabbage & Jasmine Rice
Cook Time
25-35mins
Makes
4 Servings
Nutrition
Group 2
Est. 660 calories
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Katsu is a Japanese cooking technique where thin cuts of fish or meat are breaded and traditionally deep-fried. We’re applying this technique to catfish fillets: breading them with panko—known for its airy crunch—and lightly pan-frying them. Carrots, cabbage and scallions, lightly sautéed and seasoned with nutty sesame oil, make for a refreshing counterpoint to our catfish. As a garnish, we’re marinating crisp radish in yakiniku sauce, a sweet and savory soy-based sauce with a fruity twist. (Chefs, be sure to drizzle the sauce generously over the fillets just before serving.)

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the ends of the radishes; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel the carrots; thinly slice on an angle. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl; beat until smooth.

Cook the rice:
2 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 ½ cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place.

Marinate the radishes:
3 Marinate the radishes:

While the rice cooks, in a medium bowl, combine the radishes and yakiniku sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the vegetables:
4 Cook the vegetables:

While the radishes marinate, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cabbage; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add ¼ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat and stir in the sesame oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Bread the catfish:
5 Bread the catfish:

While the vegetables cook, place the flour and breadcrumbs on 2 separate plates; season with salt and pepper. Pat the catfish fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Working 1 piece at a time, thoroughly coat the seasoned fillets in the flour (tapping off any excess), then in the beaten eggs (letting the excess drip off), then in the breadcrumbs (pressing to adhere). Transfer to a plate.

Cook the catfish & serve your dish:
6 Cook the catfish & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once hot enough that a few breadcrumbs sizzle immediately when added to the pan, working in batches if necessary, add the breaded catfish fillets. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to the serving dish of cooked vegetables. Garnish the cooked catfish fillets with the marinated radishes (reserving the yakiniku sauce before adding) and green tops of the scallions. Garnish the rice with the furikake. Serve with the reserved yakiniku sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the ends of the radishes; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel the carrots; thinly slice on an angle. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl; beat until smooth.

2 Cook the rice:

In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 ½ cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place.

Cook the rice:
Marinate the radishes:
3 Marinate the radishes:

While the rice cooks, in a medium bowl, combine the radishes and yakiniku sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Cook the vegetables:

While the radishes marinate, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cabbage; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add ¼ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat and stir in the sesame oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside in a warm place. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables:
Bread the catfish:
5 Bread the catfish:

While the vegetables cook, place the flour and breadcrumbs on 2 separate plates; season with salt and pepper. Pat the catfish fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Working 1 piece at a time, thoroughly coat the seasoned fillets in the flour (tapping off any excess), then in the beaten eggs (letting the excess drip off), then in the breadcrumbs (pressing to adhere). Transfer to a plate.

6 Cook the catfish & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once hot enough that a few breadcrumbs sizzle immediately when added to the pan, working in batches if necessary, add the breaded catfish fillets. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to the serving dish of cooked vegetables. Garnish the cooked catfish fillets with the marinated radishes (reserving the yakiniku sauce before adding) and green tops of the scallions. Garnish the rice with the furikake. Serve with the reserved yakiniku sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Cook the catfish & serve your dish: