Dreaming of Pierogi and Quick Cajun Fish

Once again a Friday during lent with my low-carbbing spouse has raised its head.  No meat. Not even some poultry. Noodles? They’re out too.

I happen to live in a suburb of Cleveland that has traditionally attracted a lot of Polish and eastern European immigrants and during Lent we turn into the pierogi capital of the universe. 60-90 year old ladies fill church basements and kitchens making tens of thousands of the delicious little dumplings each week in time for the local parish fish fry (at every church in the area).

If you are not familiar with pierogi, think of a Polish ravioli, typically filled with potato and cheese (although you can really fill them with anything). Boil them up (like ravioli), then fry them up in a little oil. I also like to throw a little liquid smoke in the pan to really enhance the flavor. What pierogi are – delicious. What they aren’t – low carb. So, unfortunately, they are out this Lenten season for us. Instead, I made Cajun Fish.

Spice up the fish on both sides.

Fry it up in a little oil. Flip and fry some more.

Cover it with some salsa verde and serve. Nothing could be quicker or easer.

Cajun Fish With Salsa Verde

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 14 mins | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 4 (6-8 ounce ) catfish fillets (I used haddock)
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup mild salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1) Sprinkle fish on both sides with seasoning.

2) Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add half the fillets and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until just opaque, 2-3 minutes longer. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining fish.

3) Meanwhile, combine salsa and cilantro. Serve fish, topped with salsa.

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Categories: Cajun, Fried, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood

Author:The Ranting Chef

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24 Comments on “Dreaming of Pierogi and Quick Cajun Fish”

  1. March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I will try this with Basa fillet .. thanks for the idea.


  2. March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am #



  3. March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I like it! A quick, easy dinner, and catfish is a family favorite for us. Thanks!


  4. March 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    My wife is still unsure of fish, and this looks like a great recipe to sway her the other way. Thanks!


  5. March 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Looks delicious!


  6. March 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Now you have me dreaming of fried fish ravioli!! Thanks for the like on the blog.


  7. March 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    The fish looks great, but I would prefer pierogis! I used to live outside of Buffalo, NY (another hotbed of Polish grandmothers), and remember those Lenten meals fondly 🙂


  8. March 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I haven’t had a good pierogi in awhile… I know what I’ll be dreaming of…


  9. March 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Pierogi before but it sounds amazing. I can’t do low-carb – I love all those stodgy starchy foods far too much!

    Also, thank you for liking my blog post Food Diaries — Succulent and crispy duck leg confit! I really appreciate it.


  10. The Rowdy Chowgirl
    March 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Yum to pierogi’s and catfish! We have soup suppers here on Fridays during lent rather than fish frys. It is definitely a tough time of year to go low carb!


  11. raebot00
    March 17, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    PIEROGI! So yummy!


  12. March 17, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I am so jealous that you have access to pierogi during lent and such an abundance; fish fry in my neck of the woods is not so exciting. I unfortunately have to make them myself or fly to Poland (as if I need an excuse). Great catfish recipe.


  13. March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Love PIEROGI. Great Recipe!


  14. March 19, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    The little narrative about Clevland had me cracking up. While Perogi are delicious, that cat fish doesn’t look bad at all. In fact, having eaten a few too many fried catfish po’ boys recently, these images are making me hungry for something a little healthier.


  15. dianeroark
    March 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Hey, I lived in the New Orleans for six years including when Hurricane Katrina hit the area. I learned really fast to cook with Cajun seasoning. It is great with everything especially fish. Pan sauteing the fish with Cajan seasoning is wonderful. After you season the fish, you can even dip it lightly in a combination of half flour and half cornmeal mixture and then saute it. Either way, the fish is really delicious not to mention quick and easy. Diane Roark http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com


  16. March 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I LOVE the cajun fish.. and your fish looks wonderfully season and so darn delicious. Wonderful dish


  17. March 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Looks good will have to give it a try


  18. March 22, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Just printed out this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!


  19. March 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Great recipe, just have to pick up the fish.


  20. April 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Just caught some catfish today…will try this tomorrow!



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