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Spicy Sweet Cast Iron Catfish

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A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, cook these smoky catfish in a cast iron skillet right on the grill!

Spicy sweet cast iron catfish on a plate

Just in case you didn’t realize it, Summer BBQ season doesn’t have to be all about burgers. Spice up your outdoor grilling by heating up that cast iron skillet right on the grill grates and cooking up a batch of these Spicy Sweet Cast Iron Catfish.

I used to shy away from cooking blackened fish because it gets so smoky, but this recipe is perfect for getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having here lately.

spices on a plate for spicy sweet cast iron catfish

If you don’t have a nice smoked paprika in your pantry already, get some to add into this spice rub—it’s a game changer!

This recipe is really pretty simple. Mix up the dry spice ingredients with some dark brown sugar to add sweetness.

A plate of catfish with spicy rub ready to cook

Next, rinse and pat dry the catfish then sprinkle the mixture on all sides and gently rub it in. Let the filets rest while you heat up the cast iron skillet on the grill.

A plastic container of shredded brussels sprouts

And, to complete this menu and make it super easy, I recommend Mann’s Bacon Maple Brussels Nourish Bowl™.

Each package has a fresh blend of Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, and kale and comes with a sweet maple glaze and bacon bits that you just toss in and cook in your microwave.

You know I love anything delicious and quick, and these veggies pair perfectly with the spiciness of the catfish!

A close up of a cast iron skillet with catfish being cooked

The catfish is also quick! Once the canola oil and cast iron skillet is heated, cook the catfish filets for just 3 to 4 minutes on each side with the grill lid closed.

Remember it will be smoky when you open the lid to flip the filets, but enjoy the delicious aroma when you do!

A piece of spicy sweet cast iron catfish on a fork

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Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Sweet Cast Iron Catfish

Spicy Sweet Cast Iron Catfish | Life, Love, and Good Food

A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, cook these smoky catfish in a cast iron skillet right on the grill!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 2-4 catfish filets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Spicy Sweet Rub

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet with the canola oil on the grill, with lid closed, to medium high heat.
  2. Mix spices together in a shallow dish. Rinse and pat dry catfish filets. Dredge the filets in the rub mixture, shaking off any excess.
  3. Cook the filets on one side for 3 minutes in the hot cast iron skillet with the grill lid closed. Flip and cook the other side another 3-4 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.
  4. Cook Mann’s Bacon Maple Nourish Bowl according to package (approximately 3-4 minutes in microwave).


Nutrition facts are for the catfish only; see packaging for nutrition facts on Mann’s Bacon Maple Brussels Nourish Bowl™.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305.1Saturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 407.5mgCarbohydrates: 5.2gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 3.4gProtein: 27.6g

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Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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