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Catfish with Herbed Lemon Cream

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 catfish fillets - (6 oz ea)
6 tablespoons whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Combine cornmeal, thyme, lemon peel, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper in bowl. Reserve 1 teaspoon seasoning mixture.


Heat oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush fish on both sides with 1 tablespoon cream; coat on both sides with seasoning mixture in bowl. Add to skillet and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer fish to 2 plates.


Stir lemon juice into same skillet, scraping up browned bits. Stir in reserved 1 teaspoon seasoning mixture. Whisk in remaining 5 tablespoons cream. Boil until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over fish.


This recipe yields 2 servings; can be doubled.


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