River Catfish with Fiddleheads and Potatoes


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If you don’t have fiddleheads on hand, substitute asparagus that has been stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces.


1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 tablespoon freshly chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1-1/2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
2 cups fiddleheads, cleaned and rinsed thoroughly
4 catfish filets (5 to 6 ounces each)
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss potatoes and carrots with garlic, coriander, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Spread on a baking sheet and bake 1 hour, turning occasionally, until brown at the edges.

Meanwhile, bring a pot full of salted water to a boil. Add fiddleheads and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove with a strainer and immediately plunge into ice melts to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.

Rub the catfish on both sides with remaining salt, pepper, oil, and wine. Place in a baking dish with the wine. Turn oven to broil and place fish under broiler, about 2 inches from the heat. Broil about 8 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and springy to the touch.

While the fish is cooking, toss fiddleheads with olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, until warmed through. To serve, remove carrots and potatoes from the oven and apportion among four plates or shallow bowls. Place a piece of fish atop each potato-carrot mixture and scatter fiddleheads all around the side of each plate. Drizzle the hot juices from the baking dish over each plate, and serve immediately.

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4 servings

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

75 minutes

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