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Blackened Catfish Tacos

This recipe won’t leave you fishing for compliments. Let us show you how to smoke catfish fillets to moist, delicious, blackened perfection.


Tartar Sauce

  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 3 tbsp. wasabi paste


You’ll start by coating both sides of the catfish fillet with Grilla Grills All Purpose Rub. Place the seasoned fillets back in your refrigerator while you prepare the sauce.Start by chopping up one white onion and toss into a mixing bowl.

Next, combine one brick of cream cheese and one cup of mayo and mix until well combined. Now, pour in a quarter cup of dill pickle relish and add three tablespoons or wasabi paste or sauce.

Gently roll two lemons on your cutting board and squeeze the juice into the bowl, making sure to avoid adding seeds.

Last, add your chopped cucumber into the mix and finish with a touch of AP Rub or salt and pepper to taste. Once your mixture is mixed, set aside in your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

Set your Grilla to 350 degrees and be sure to prep your grates with cooking oil to prevent your fish from sticking. Once your fish is on the grill, there’s no need to flip them. Simply let them sit until they’re charred on one side and come back to check on them after about 10 minutes.

Remove your fish from the smoker and you’re ready to build your tacos! Cut a strip of fish and place it in your tortilla, top with purple cabbage for crunch, sprinkle your favorite shredded cheese, and finish with a dollop of tartar sauce. Enjoy!

Opportunities to Serve Big Batches of Catfish Fish Tacos

One of the greatest aspects of this recipe for catfish fish tacos is that it can easily be scaled up. In fact, it is the perfect way to make gobs of this tasty dish for a single event — no matter how many people you might be feeding.

Turn to blackened catfish tacos for any larger gathering, such as:

  • Picnics. In addition to other sandwiches like hot dogs and burgers, catfish tacos are simple to make and a snap to assemble. Have a variety of sauces or toppings so everyone at the picnic can make their perfect blackened catfish taco.
  • Tailgates. We should add that Superbowl parties and homecoming weekends are included in the tailgate idea. Basically, whenever you have to feed a crowd of hungry and thirsty sports watchers, you should consider making catfish tacos. Besides, catfish is an affordable type of fish.
  • Parties. So you decided to host the neighborhood block party or your family reunion? Go you! Now, all you have to do is get your Grilla Grill humming and push out those blackened catfish tacos, not to mention other smoked and grilled treats. Expect a lot of high fives for your efforts.

Tips for Smoking the Best Blackened Catfish Tacos

Hacking your way to smarter eating was never more streamlined than it is today. These hints will help you bring out the best in this blackened catfish tacos recipe:

  • Buy fresh fish. If you live near a place where you can get catfish as the catch of the day, go for it. You can also substitute other heartier fish varieties for catfish if needed, such as tilapia and perhaps cod.
  • Try different tortilla and shell types. From corn to flour, you can make those fish tacos even more exciting by experimenting with different types of carbs to hold them. And if you need a low-carb alternative, wrap your fish tacos in cooled boiled cabbage leaves or tender leafy greens.
  • Insist on top-shelf ingredients. That way, you can be 100% certain your blackened catfish taco recipe will be the tastiest on the menu.

Ready to make some fish tacos that are bursting with smoked flavors? Follow our recipe for drool-worthy blackened catfish tacos straight from the smoker!

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