Baked Catfish with Lemon Aioli

I just got this recipe from my friend Angel and although it looked pretty good, I was leery of trying it out because of the cayenne and the fact that my kids are notoriously picky eaters.

Yesterday while perusing the fish counter at Bel-Air, I noticed that catfish was on sale, so I decided to give it a whirl. I told my kids a little white lie when they turned up their noses at it (“Angel’s kids love it and they’re just your age!”… completely false on all counts) but it worked…they scarfed it right down. Couple of things to note, it is a little spicy, so I’d probably go a little lighter than I did on the cayenne and I had to double the spices for the rub to have enough for both fillets. Oh, and the aioli? Totally makes this dish.

Baked Catfish with Lemon Aioli
1 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1-1/2 lbs catfish fillets
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced (I used 4 and tossed them in the microwave for about 30 seconds before mincing them)
Salt and freshly ground back pepper
Heat oven to 400F. Mix together thyme and cayenne and rub onto catfish and place in a 9×13 pyrex prepared with a little cooking spray. Bake fish until opaque and cooked throughout, about 14 minutes.
Combine mayo, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl to make aioli. Serve fish hot with aioli.

This was a super simple and inexpensive dish and my kids actually ate it!! Score! Seriously though, it came together very quickly and our oldest daughter asked to help make it next time since it was “fancy”.