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Catfish, Shiitakes Party In A Foil Boat

Some people say catfish has a muddy flavor; I prefer to call it earthy. This preparation mutes the catfish flavor with ginger, garlic and sesame oil.

catfish in foil with vegetables

Foil-Steamed Catfish


  • 2 catfish fillets
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 slices jalapeños
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 cup carrots, julienne
  • 1 cup leeks, julienne
  • garlic chives
  • 10-12 shiitake mushroom caps
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Place fish in the middle of the 1 foot long sheet of aluminum foil. Top fish with olive and sesame oil. Add ginger, garlic, peppers vegetables. Arrange mushrooms around the fish. Season with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. Add water to help it steam. Fold foil into fish-shaped packages for some extra fun.
  3. Cook 8-10 minutes. When the packages puff up with steam, the fish is cooked.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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