Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Fried Catfish

Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

canola oil
4 to 6 catfish fillets, about 4 ounces each
Creole or Cajun seasoning and pepper
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk

Pour about 1/4-inch of Canola oil in a large heavy skillet. Place over medium heat and heat until hot.

Breading: Sprinkle the fish fillets lightly with Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper.In a wide bowl, combine the cornmeal and flour. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl. Dip the fish into the buttermilk to coat, then coat with the cornmeal mixture.

To Cook: Arrange in the not oil and cook slowly for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the bottom side is browned. Turn carefully and continue cooking until browned on the other side. Place on paper towels to drain.

Serve with tartar sauce and hush puppies, along with coleslaw and fries for a classic southern meal.

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