Juicy Grilled Catfish Recipe with a Coffee Twist

Attention all foodies and coffee lovers out there! Have you ever tried to combine these two distinct flavors? Well, today I have a recipe that delivers an exquisite surprise to your taste buds – Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter Recipe.

I know, I know – the idea of cooking a savory dish with coffee may seem unusual or even counterintuitive. But let me tell you, it is a culinary masterpiece that you don’t want to miss. Trust me; the regular ol’ grilled catfish will never be the same again.

This recipe is ideal for those who want to explore new taste sensations and get creative in the kitchen. For any seafood lover who fancies catfish fillets, this recipe takes grilled catfish to another level. It is perfect for any time of the day, for any occasion, whether it’s a dinner party or a cozy night indoors.

Are you ready to step up your game in the kitchen and impress your guests with this incredible dish? Keep reading and follow along as I take you through each step of making Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter
Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter

Are you looking for a unique and flavorful way to enjoy catfish? Look no further than this Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter Recipe! Trust me, this recipe will quickly become a new favorite.

What sets this grilled catfish apart is the delicious coffee butter. Made from melted butter, instant coffee powder, onion powder, sea salt, and lemon juice, the coffee butter mixture is brushed thickly onto the catfish fillets before grilling. The combination of savory and slightly bitter coffee flavor with the mildness of the catfish results in a flavor explosion in every bite.

Not only is this recipe incredibly flavorful, but it’s also quick and easy to make. With only 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of grill time, you’ll have a delicious and impressive dish ready to serve in no time.

But that’s not all. This recipe also offers versatility in its serving options. Enjoy the grilled catfish fillets on their own as a main dish or use them to make delicious catfish sandwiches. This recipe can also be used with other types of fish such as cod or delacata steaks, making it an essential in any home cook’s arsenal.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of grilled fish and love bold, unique flavors – this Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter Recipe is for you. It’s quick, easy, and full of flavor – everything you want in a dish. Don’t miss out on trying it today!

Ingredient List

 Dive into a dish that's full of flavor with our grilled catfish!
Dive into a dish that’s full of flavor with our grilled catfish!

Below are the ingredients needed to create Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter Recipe that will surely awaken your taste buds in no time. Don’t miss out on any item because they are all essential to the recipe’s success.

The List:

  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

You can easily find all of these ingredients in your local grocery store or supermarket, and some may even already be in your pantry. So, double-check what you have before making a trip to the store. With all the ingredients ready, it’s now time to move on to the next section and start cooking your catfish dish!

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to enjoy the perfect mix of seafood and coffee.
Get ready to enjoy the perfect mix of seafood and coffee.

Now that you know why this grilled catfish with coffee butter recipe is something you should try, let’s dive into how to make it.


  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Start by preheating your outdoor grill to 350°F.

  2. Take a small bowl and in it, mix together the melted butter, instant coffee powder, lemon juice, onion powder and salt to create the *coffee butter sauce.

  3. Take a dry paper towel and use it to pat dry each catfish fillet. This ensures the fish is not slippery and will soak up the seasoning better.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining salt and onion powder. Sprinkle half of this mixture onto one side of each fillet.

  5. Brush each fillet generously with coffee butter sauce.

  6. Place the seasoned side of each catfish fillet down onto the heated grill grates.

  7. Brush the remaining sauce onto the tops of each fillet.

  8. Grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side until the inside of the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  9. Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

  10. Garnish with fresh herbs or serve alongside steamed vegetables, brown rice or garlic bread for a complete meal.

Pro Tips:

  • To make sure your grilled catfish doesn’t stick to the grill, brush it with oil or melted butter right before placing it on.,
  • Always use fresh catfish fillets which are firm and have no bad odor.
  • If you prefer your food spicy, add cayenne pepper to the seasoning mixture.
  • You can broil the catfish fillets in an oven if it’s not possible to use an outdoor grill.
  • To avoid overcooking, don’t grill the catfish fillets for too long.
  • Make sure to try this recipe with delacata recipes or delacata steaks as well.

With these easy to follow instructions and pro tips, you’ll have perfectly grilled catfish with coffee butter sauce for a delicious dinner in no time.

Substitutions and Variations

 Elevate your dinner with our tantalizing grilled catfish.
Elevate your dinner with our tantalizing grilled catfish.

Are you looking for ways to customize the grilled catfish with coffee butter recipe to suit your taste buds? Here are some substitutions and variations you may want to try:

– Fish Fillets: If catfish fillets are not available, you can substitute them with other types of fish fillets such as cod, tilapia, or trout. The key is to choose fish that have firm flesh and can withstand grilling without falling apart.

– Coffee Powder: Instant coffee powder is the star ingredient in this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use freshly brewed coffee instead. Simply brew a strong cup of coffee and let it cool before adding it to the butter mixture.

– Lemon Juice: Lemon juice adds a tangy kick to the butter sauce, but if you prefer a milder flavor, you can use lime juice or orange juice instead.

– Butter: If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, you can substitute the butter with coconut oil or vegan butter. Just make sure to melt it before mixing in the coffee powder and other seasonings.

– Grilled Catfish Coffee Sandwiches: Transform the grilled catfish into sandwiches by placing each fillet between two slices of bread along with some lettuce, tomato, and a dollop of coffee butter.

– Blackened Grilled Catfish: For a spicier version, sprinkle Cajun seasoning or blackened seasoning onto the catfish fillets before grilling. This will create a crisp and flavorful crust on the outside of the fish.

With these substitutions and variations, you can easily put your own spin on this already delicious recipe. Experimenting with different flavors and ingredients will allow you to discover new taste combinations that will tantalize your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 Who says coffee is just for drinking? Our coffee butter grilled catfish begs to differ!
Who says coffee is just for drinking? Our coffee butter grilled catfish begs to differ!

Now that you’ve grilled up the perfect catfish fillets with a delicious coffee-infused butter, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair this incredible dish.

First things first, serving. Once your grilled catfish fillets are done, I suggest you plate them up on individual plates or family-style platter. Then, pour a generous amount of that decadent coffee butter sauce right over the top.

But what about the sides? I like to keep it simple so as not to take away from the star of the show – the catfish. A side of roasted vegetables, like asparagus or green beans, is always a great choice. Alternatively, a lightly dressed salad would also work well to balance out the heartiness of the fish.

Now, let’s talk pairing. Given that this catfish recipe has such rich and bold flavors, I recommend serving it with something light and crisp such as a chilled Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines will complement the flavors of the fish without overpowering them.

For those who prefer beer with their meals, a pilsner or light ale would work wonders here as well. And for those who don’t drink alcohol, a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade would be refreshing and delicious.

No matter how you decide to serve and pair this grilled catfish with coffee butter recipe, I know it’ll be a hit at your next mealtime gathering. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You haven't lived until you've tried this grilled catfish featuring our signature coffee butter.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried this grilled catfish featuring our signature coffee butter.

If you’re planning to prepare this grilled catfish with coffee butter recipe for a party or gathering, you can easily make the coffee butter sauce ahead of time. Simply combine the lemon juice, instant coffee powder, melted butter, onion powder, and sea salt in a small bowl. You can then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Once you’re ready to grill your catfish fillets, all you need to do is brush the coffee butter mixture thickly onto the fillets and broil them for 3-4 inches on an outdoor grill. You can also prepare the fish fillets ahead of time by seasoning them with sea salt and onion powder and storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before grilling.

If you have any leftover grilled catfish, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply place them on a microwave-safe dish and heat them up on high for about 1-2 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can use a skillet to reheat the fish fillets over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

This recipe is not recommended for freezing as the texture and flavor may be compromised upon thawing. Therefore, it is recommended that you only make as much as you need for immediate consumption or within 2 days of refrigeration.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take a trip to the south with our Cajun-inspired grilled catfish.
Take a trip to the south with our Cajun-inspired grilled catfish.

Let’s talk about the tips that will make your grilled catfish with coffee butter recipe come out perfect every time. I’ve put together a few things to consider before getting started.

One of the keys to making this recipe is timing; knowing when to start grilling the catfish fillets and when to add the coffee butter sauce. The best way to ensure that you don’t overcook or burn the fish is by using a meat thermometer. Once the fish reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, it’s done cooking.

Another tip for grilling catfish fillets is to use indirect heat rather than placing them directly on the grill grates. This helps prevent burning and sticking. You can brush a light coating of oil on both sides of the fillets or use nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.

To make sure that the coffee butter sauce comes out perfectly, use fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to lemon juice and instant coffee powder. If you’re using freshly squeezed lemon juice, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any pulp or seeds before adding it to your sauce.

When it comes to adding the melted butter to the sauce, timing is also critical; adding it too early can cause the sauce to separate, whereas waiting until right before serving may not give it enough time to warm up and blend together properly. Mixing in the instant coffee powder while the butter is still melted ensures that it’s fully incorporated into the sauce.

You can also experiment with variations of this recipe by swapping out different types of fish or adjusting spice levels based on your personal preference. And if you have leftover coffee butter sauce, try using it as a topping for other grilled meats or as a spread for sandwiches.

By following these tips and adapting them to your individual taste preferences, you’ll be sure to achieve a perfectly grilled catfish with coffee butter every time you make this recipe!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter is unlike any other fish recipe out there. By combining the flavors of catfish, classic seasonings such as onion powder and salt, and adding a touch of coffee to the mix, one can create a unique and delicious flavor profile that will have your taste buds dancing in delight.

With the addition of lemon juice and melted butter, the catfish fillets are not only well seasoned but also incredibly moist and tender. And let’s not forget about the coffee butter — slathered thickly onto the fillets before grilling, it adds a subtle depth of flavor that complements the catfish beautifully.

Whether you are looking for a new twist on a classic fish dish, or simply love experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, this Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter recipe is certainly one to try. So why not give it a go today and discover what all the fuss is about? I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter

Grilled Catfish with Coffee Butter Recipe

An interesting new way with catfish that I found in the paper. I'm anxious to try this one out! From one of my favourite places, the Catfish Institute!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 273.8 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 lbs catfish fillets


  • Combine lemon juice, instant coffee, butter, onion powder and salt.
  • Brush mixture thickly onto fillets.
  • Broil 3- 4 inches from the outdoor grill for 10 minutes.
  • Turn and brush fish again with sauce.
  • Broil 10 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily.
  • Brush the catfish again with the coffee butter and serve.
  • If you prefer to broil in the oven, have the rack about 6 inches from the broiler and cook for 4 minutes per side.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 164gCalories: 273.8kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 23.6gFat: 19.1gSaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 91.3mgSodium: 328.6mgSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Broil, Catfish, Easy, Oven
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