How to grill catfish over the fire

How to grill catfish over the fire


Hi everybody and welcome to another episode of Great Cove Adventure Films. Today I’m going to give you a video demonstration of the method I use to grill catfish over the fire. For a long time my favorite way to enjoy catfish was battered and deep-fried, but once I tried grilling catfish over the fire, that quickly became my favorite way to enjoy eating my favorite species of fish. There’s obviously many different recipes and variations on how to grill catfish, As the old saying goes, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”. So if you have some suggestions, feel free to post comments and videos in response to this one. I’d love to get some more ideas and methods to try. Before I grill catfish I have the practice of soaking the fillets over night in salt-water and lemon juice to tame down the fishy taste a little. I also cut the fillets into smaller chunks so they are a little easier to work with during the grilling process. Before you put the fish on the grill it is also essential that you coat the pieces of fish with oil, so they don’t stick to the grill. You can brush the oil on like I’m doing here, or you can just put the fillets and some oil together in a bowl and just toss them together until all the pieces are coated. Here’s also where I take the opportunity to sprinkle on some seasonings. I prefer garlic salt, union powder, and Old Bay, but you can try all sorts of things here. And you can apply the seasonings before you put the fish on the grill or you can just sprinkle them on after the fish is over the fire. Once the fish are on the grill you want to give them about 10 or 15 minutes a side; that depends on how hot your fire is. It doesn’t hurt to brush them with oil again before you turn them to be sure they don’t stick, and the fish is done when it begins to flake easily with a fork. If it’s dried out its probably been on the fire too long, and if it’s rubbery it probably needs a little more grillin’. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video; if so don’t forget to press the LIKE button. Good fishing everybody, and I hope to see you next time.

24 thoughts on “How to grill catfish over the fire

  1. @SuperShaun1999 I have only tried it with catfish. I guess you'll have toο»Ώ give a try and report back to the rest of us. πŸ™‚

  2. @jgfishhunter Thanks. We have a bunch of fish in our freezer – now it's time to turn my attention to putting some venison in there with it.ο»Ώ πŸ™‚

  3. It is not absolutely necessary to soak it overnight, but doing so can help take some of the strong flavor out. Also trimming off all of the dark meat can help. See my video of "how to remove the muddy taste from catfish" – there is a link to that video in the description of this one.

  4. Youtube is a good place to learn how. πŸ™‚ I hope to do a Catfish 101 video at some point, but there are already some good tutorials out there as well. And then you still have to find a river that has a good population of them. Good luck!

  5. The best bait and techniques vary depending on the location. In my area chicken liver gives you the highest percentage chance of catching something, even though the larger fish prefer live or cut bait. Fishing at night, or even early morning or late evening will increase your chances even though you can certainly catch them during the day. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you other than keep trying! If you can talk to other local fishermen maybe they'll give you some better advice.

  6. I am from the east cincy area like milford/newtown. Essentially any tributary of the Ohio River has a good population of cats. For a beginner like yourself, just get a bobber, weight, and a hook along with chicken liver, shrimp, or nightcrawlers and find a spot where there is a bit of slack water and toss out your float and wait. Once you get some catches under your belt you can experiment with different techniques and find one that works best for you.

  7. I don't know if the water temperature makes any difference, but I can say that catfish is tricky. If you don't trim off all the dark meat, you'll have some strong muddy tasting fish. My wife makes awesome backed catfish. Baked and grilled are my favorite way to eat catfish – fried comes in third. But to each his own. πŸ™‚

  8. what do you mean by flaky?me and my friends are going fising and were bringing a charcoal grill,and if we catch some cats or whatever,i want to know how to grill it properly.also other than oil what else would you consider necessary for properly cooking them on a grill,please respond soon,thanks πŸ™‚

  9. That's when the fish easily comes apart, or "flakes' with a fork. Before the fish is done it doesn't come part easily. Once it is done, you'll notice that if you don't handle the pieces carefully they will break apart. Other than oil, all you need is whatever seasonings you want to try. I also know some people that just use only Italian dressing. That serves as both the oil and the seasoning.

  10. I don't know if there's a name for it. I do know its something we bought at an Amish store in either Lancaster county, PA or Holmes County, OH.

  11. very nice way to grill fish. We too, we grill most of our fish here in Guam. It gives the fish a hickory taste to it as well as a seafood taste.

  12. I usually cook mine over an open fire in a cast iron skillet…. I let it get hot then toss some butter in it and let it melt then I toss the catfish in the pan and add a generous amount of old bay and little bit of Texas Pete to give it some flavor…. everybody in my family loves it

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