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Catfish with brown butter, prosciutto and almonds

Published On: Jun 03 2013 12:41:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 05:52:59 AM CDT

Makes 4 servings

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2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
4 (6 to 7 ounces each) U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets
2 tablespoons butter
2 thin slices prosciutto or country ham, julienned (about 1 ounce)
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon capers, optional

Preheat the oven to 250° F.

Stir together 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the olive oil. and hot sauce in a small bowl. Brush both sides of the catfish fillets with the mixture.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add the fish fillets, two at a time. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through, turning only once. Transfer to a baking dish; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining catfish fillets.

Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium heat. When lightly browned, add the prosciutto; cook, stirring and turning, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add the almonds and capers (if using) and the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Serve the catfish fillets topped with ham and almond mixture.

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