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11/02/2011 12:57 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Blackened Catfish

In his series Marcus' Kitchen, chef Marcus Samuelsson shares dozens of recipes that prove "American" cuisine is really a delicious melting pot that draws upon flavors from all over the world.

In this video, Marcus -- always a lover of spices -- creates a rub of red pepper, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper,and applies it generously to catfish fillets. The strips are then cooked on high heat in a cast iron skillet with a mixture of oil and butter (the mixture helps the coating become very dark without burning). A final addition of lemon wedges to the pan rounds out the lively flavors and completes this hot and zesty meal.

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