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Šamo vėrinukai su keptais pomidorais

Catfish skewers with fried tomatoes

Number of servings: 4. Preparation time: 20 20 min., baking 6 min.

The catfish skewers with fried tomatoes were cooked on wooden skewers, which I cooked in a cobb grill. We placed the grill on the bridge of the lake and sizzled fresh fish with home-made tomatoes. The catfish grilled in this way, the moustachioed catfish grown in Lithuania, reminded me of the grilled bitter fish I once ate in Sicily. The catfish meat is firm and therefore suitable for grilling, and it is not oily, so it is easy to handle when grilling.


  • 1 kg catfish
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chilli pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, grated peel
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

For serving:

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt, ground black pepper
  • lettuce leaves
  • 1 lemon


First, I gutted the catfish and cut out two pieces of its fillet. I used a knife to separate the catfish meat from the skin, so that I was left with only the nice boneless and skinless pieces of the fillet. I cut the two pieces of fillet crosswise into pieces 1,5 centimetres in diameter.

I heated the olive oil in a frying pan, in which I threw the halved and slightly crushed garlic cloves and the halved chilli pepper. I heated the spices over a medium heat until the garlic had yellowed and the chilli pepper had roasted and given its aroma and spiciness to the oil. I extracted the fried garlic and chilli pieces from the oil. I allowed the oil to cool.

Into the cooled oil, I finely grated the yellow part of the rind of one lemon. I poured the prepared oil over the chopped fish and left it for half a day so that the oil could soak into the catfish flesh.

I prepared the grill for cooking over direct heat, i.e. over hot coals. I threaded the fish pieces one by one onto wooden skewers which I had soaked in water for half an hour.

I cooked the fish skewers over direct heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. When almost cooked, I seasoned them with salt and ground black pepper.

I cut the tomatoes in half and roasted them cut side down for about 3 minutes, then flipped them over and drizzled them with olive oil, sprinkled them with chopped garlic, salt and ground pepper and roasted them for a few more minutes.

I placed the fried catfish skewers with the fried tomatoes on the lettuce leaves, which I lightly drizzled with olive oil and placed a slice of lemon next to them.

Tasty fish!

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