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Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

It’s been a couple of years since I shared my wonderful experience with Blue Apron home-delivered meal kits. It was after that I became a major fan of this delicious service! But if I’m a fan, my son and daughter-in-law are FANATICS. :-)   Kaitlyn writes…   When Jill first teamed up with Blue Apron, I helped out with the post and was so impressed with the whole idea of fresh ingredients & great recipes being delivered straight to your home. Jill knew how much I had liked using it, so that year for Christmas she gifted my husband Erik and I a couple of weeks of their meals.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Erik and I had so much fun cooking all the new recipes and bonding over the shared experience in the kitchen! We turned our Blue Apron dinners into mini at-home date nights.

If you aren’t familiar with Blue Apron, they deliver all the ingredients you need to make three meals, right to your doorstop. Everything is perfectly proportioned so none of the food goes to waste!

I’ve been so impressed with the quality of the ingredients! The catfish we received in this week’s box came from sustainable sources and we also received some fantastic grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. You can read more about their sustainable food practices here.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

I also love that Blue Apron has given me the confidence to cook things at home that I would have been too intimidated to try otherwise! Erik and I have both added quite a few new skills to our cooking repertoire and tried new ingredients and flavor combinations that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

That brings me to the recipe I’m going to share today from Blue Apron – crispy catfish and parsley mashed potatoes!

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Crispy Catfish & Parsley Mashed Potatoes 


  • 2 Catfish Fillets
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Pound Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/2 Pound Napa Cabbage
  • 1 Bunch Parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Cajun Spice Blend

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron


Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and medium dice the potatoes.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Cut out and discard the cabbage core and thinly slice the leaves crosswise. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Pat the catfish fillets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Make the marinade for the fish by combining 3/4 of the milk and half the vinegar in a large bowl. Add the seasoned fillets and set aside to marinate for at least 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

While the fish marinates, add the potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

While the potatoes cook, combine the cabbage, mayonnaise, remaining vinegar and as much cajun spice blend as you’d like. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them thoroughly and return to the pot. Off the heat add the butter, remaining milk and all but a pinch of the parsley. Using a fork, mash the mixture to your desired consistency and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Place the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Working one at a time, remove the fish fillets from the marinade (letting any excess drip off), reserving the marinade. Thoroughly coat the fillets in the seasoned flour (tapping off any excess). Dip the fillets back into the reserved marinade, then thoroughly coat again in the seasoned flour. Transfer to a plate.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron
Our boxer Milo had his eye on the catfish! ;-)

In a medium nonstick pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of flour sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the fish fillets. Cook 4 to 6 minutes on the first side or until golden brown and crispy. Flip and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt and pepper.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Divide the cooked catfish fillets and mashed potatoes between 2 plates. Top the fillets with some of the slaw. Garnish with remaining parsley.

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

This meal was so, so good! Erik and I scarfed it down in about 2 minutes flat. We’ll definitely be making this one again!

Crispy Catfish and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Apron

Blue Apron wants to give our readers the opportunity to fall in love with their service just as much as we have. The first 25 OGT readers to click here  and order will get three free meals! That’s a whole week of Blue Apron for free! And there is absolutely no commitment to continue the service from week to week. You can cancel at anytime.

You can check out what’s coming up on the Blue Apron menu by clicking here. And for those of you with kiddos at home, be sure to order the Family Plan!

This post was sponsored by Blue Apron but, as always, all opinions are my own. :-)

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  • My daughter and son in law love Blue Apron, with both working all hours it is nice to come home to having everything already purchased and ready to go. No trips to t he grocery store at the last minute, no trying to decide what to have, no constant repetition of the same old things week after week. I have shared several of the meals and as others have said they have combinations I wouldn’t have thought of myself and use spices and condiments that I had never tried before. I did try it for myself but, although I loved it and enjoyed the food quality, it was not suitable for only one person, even though I had extra meals from the box that way it did work out to be quite expensive. (I go through the recipes at my daughter’s house and find some really good and unusual meals to make later.)

  • I have been hearing about Blue Apron service for awhile and have considered trying it. With recipes as tasty as this, I may try it soon.

  • Thanks for the recipe! We don’t like catfish, but will use the recipe w another fish! It sounds delicious!! I’ve checked out Blue Apron and am shocked at the prices. At $10 per person per meal for the 2-person plan…that’s steep on a weekly basis. I love the idea of the convenience of having the ingredients delivered to your door, but you have to go to the grocery store anyway to get your other meals and supplies. I don’t get it….why not just subscribe to a healthy cooking magazine and purchase your own ingredients at less than half the price if BA. I serve a family of 4 at about $3-4/person. Help me understand what is the draw to pay Blue Apron so much for what you can do yourself?

    • A big thing about Blue Apron is that they guide you and give you confidence in the kitchen! For someone who has never cooked fish, they get the perfect fish for the meal delivered, and they learn how to bread and fry it. You’re gaining skills that you can use forever!

      Plus, the ingredients are really high quality, and I always find something in the box that I’ve never tried before. Blue Apron forces you to experiment with new things, but they do it in a fun and approachable way. :-)

      • I agree with both of you….it is a bit spendy but I’ve had a change to eat things I’ve never tried before AND now I know how to cook them. I’ve been a good cook all my life but I’ve learned so much from Blue Apron! I only did it for 2 months because the cost got a bit too much for me but I’ll definitely use the recipe cards on my own and I’ll probably get the meals every once in awhile just to try some more new things. And Jillee is right, very high quality food…no processed or junk food, all fresh and real. The meats and seafood are excellent. I’ve also learned a lot about portions. At first I thought it didn’t look like enough for a meal for two but it’s plenty.

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