fried catfish plate

Many people think of catfish as the “poor man’s fish,” but they are actually a delicious and healthy food item.

Did you know that catfish are one of the most underrated seafood items? Many people think of them as the “poor man’s fish,” but they are actually a delicious and healthy food item. Catfish are low in fat and high in protein, making them a great choice for a healthy meal.  Farm-raised catfish from the United States are among the most wholesome, versatile, and sustainable fish that can be found in supermarkets and restaurants.

About Catfish

Catfish are members of the family Siluriformes. They inhabit lakes, rivers, and oceans all over the world. Catfish can be found in various sizes and colors, ranging from pale yellow to dark brown. Many species have whiskers or barbels on their chin and upper lip, which are used for sensing food.

Catfish are an excellent source of protein (containing only 4 grams of fat per three-ounce serving) and essential vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B12, phosphorus, niacin, selenium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Catfish also provide important omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in the body and improve heart health.

Misconceptions About Catfish

Because wild catfish are mainly bottom feeders in lakes, rivers, and ponds, they have been considered distasteful. However, U.S. farm-raised catfish are trained to forage for food at the top of their regulated ponds, where they are given a plentiful, healthy food source, discouraging them from looking for other food sources at the bottom of the water. Because of this, farm-raised catfish in the United States always tastes mild and fresh.

Another misconception about catfish’s reputation is that it may taste “muddy”. However, farm-raised catfish are mild in flavor and firm in texture. Although catfish has long been a favorite fried dish in the South, it can be pan-seared, grilled, and baked without the “fishy” or “muddy” flavor.

Benefits of Eating Catfish

Catfish offer a wide range of health benefits. They are high in protein, low in fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation and improve overall heart health. Catfish are also an excellent source of Vitamins B6 and B12, as well as potassium and selenium. All of these nutrients provide numerous health benefits such as helping to lower cholesterol levels, support a healthy immune system, regulate blood pressure, prevent certain types of cancer, and reduce the risk of stroke. 

Affordable Dining

Eating catfish is also a great way to save money on your dining bill! Catfish fillets are typically much more affordable than other types of seafood such as salmon or shrimp. Additionally, catfish can be cooked in a variety of different ways such as fried, grilled, or steamed. At Daiquiri Depot, we have several affordable catfish plates that the whole family will enjoy.

Underrated Superfood 

The “poor man’s fish” has evolved into a nutrient-dense superfood that can be prepared and consumed in a variety of ways. So next time you’re at Daiquiri Depot, order a catfish plate! 

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By Leslie Radford
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