Crispy Curry Catfish Sandwich with Chili-Lime Slaw


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Crispy Curry Catfish Sandwich with Chili-Lime Slaw
  • Yield:Makes 4 sandwiches
  • Active time:25 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes
  • Rated: 4.0
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Sandwiched: Crispy Curry Catfish Sandwich with Chili-Lime Slaw

Photographs: Marvin Gapultos

About the author: Marvin Gapultos is the author of the Filipino food blog, Burnt Lumpia. His first cookbook is due out in 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @BurntLumpia.

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  • For the Slaw:
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons juice from about 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Sambal chili sauce
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • For the Sandwich:
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 catfish fillets, cut in half (about 1 pound total)
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Lime wedges, for squeezing
  • 1 French bread roll, about 16 inches in length


  1. 1.

    For the Slaw: whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and sambal in a large bowl. Add the shredded cabbages and cilantro and toss to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  2. 2.

    For the Fish: Combine the curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl, then sprinkle on all sides of the catfish fillets. Place the rice flour in a shallow dish, then dredge the catfish fillets in the rice flour, shaking off any excess.

  3. 3.

    Heat the canola oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium high heat until shimmering. Place the catfish fillets into the pan, working in batches if necessary. Fry the catfish until crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the fried catfish to a platter lined with paper towels and season immediately with salt and pepper. Repeat until all fish is cooked.

  4. 4.

    Divide the bread into 4 equal pieces, then split each in half horizontally. Divide the slaw among 4 of the bottom halves of the bread, then place a piece of catfish on each sandwich. Top with the remaining halves of the bread and serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the fish.

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