Lemony Catfish Kebobs on Wild Rice

We use Za'atar, an addictive Middle Eastern spice blend, to season the nutritious grains that form the foundation of this flavorful fish dish.

Makes 1/4 cup. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp sumac, 1 tbsp ground thyme, 1 tbsp ground oregano (preferably Mexican), 2 tsp sesame seeds, 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper. Spice blend can be sealed in an airtight container and shelved for several weeks.

Joanne Tsakos
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
60 min


  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 2/3 cup pearl barley
  • 2/3 cup brown rice
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless catfish fillets, cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Zest 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 8 chunks
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp store-bought or homemade Za'atar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 12 unsalted almonds, finely chopped, optional


  • 4 12-inch metal or wooden skewers (if wooden, soak in water for at least 20 minutes prior to using).


  1. In a large saucepot, add 4 1/3 cups water and bring to a boil. Add wild rice, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Then add barley and brown rice and cook for 40 to 45 minutes, until water is evaporated and grains are tender. Fluff and set aside.
  2. Once grains have cooked for 20 minutes, set oven to broil on low. Place catfish in a small bowl and toss with lemon juice and all but 1 tsp zest. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Thread ingredients onto skewers in this order: zucchini, catfish, onion, catfish, tomato and catfish. Repeat sequence until skewer is filled.
  4. Place skewers on a small baking sheet covered in foil and coated with cooking spray. Broil skewers in oven for 13 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, blend oil, Za’atar, reserved 1 tsp lemon zest, salt and pepper. Mix into warm grains. To serve, place 1 1/2 cups grains on a plate and slide vegetables and catfish off of 1 skewer onto grains. If desired, sprinkle nuts over top. Serve immediately.
  6. If you love catfish, try our Cajun Catfish Po’Boy for a taste of Louisiana!

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 skewer and 1 1/2 c grains
  • Calories 450
  • Carbohydrate Content 73 g
  • Cholesterol Content 49 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 10 g
  • Protein Content 25 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 172 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g