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Grilled Blackened Catfish

Although the owners of Catfish Corner declined to divulge their recipe for fried catfish, they offer this recipe for Grilled Blackened Catfish, another popular menu item. This recipe produces a lot of smoke, so be sure your kitchen is well ventilated. 

Yield: 6 servings 

1/2 tsp. salt 
1 1/2 tsp. paprika 
1 tsp. onion powder 
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne 
2 tsp. lemon pepper 
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt 
1 c. salted butter, melted 
6 catfish fillets (6-8 oz. each) 

Combine first 7 ingredients; set aside. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat until a drop of water placed on it sizzles. Dip each fillet in melted butter' sprinkle seasoning mixture on both sides (about 1 T. per fillet), patting into fish by hand. Place fillets on hot skillet, and drizzle each with about 1 tsp. melted butter. Cook quickly, about 2 minutes per side. 
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