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Baked Dijon Catfish

"The catfish, is a plenty good enough fish for anyone," according to that master story-teller, Mark Twain.

All you need is a river with plenty of catfish and it seems like most any state in the country could supply that.  Actually, catfish is the largest family of freshwater fish in the United States and most of it that we eat now is farm-raised.  It’s not necessarily the most popular fish but it’s one that is around from homes to restaurants to campfires by the river banks.

Catfish is a great fish that I have fixed in a variety of ways.  I really like it fried but who needs the odor it leaves from deep-frying and all of those calories also?  I was surprised upon coming across a recipe for baked catfish a good while back.  I tried it and we really enjoyed it.  Actually, it’s not the original recipe as I changed a few things and don’t even know now what the original was.

This became my favorite catfish recipe.  It is a wonderful alternative to fried catfish that is easy with the Dijon mustard and parmesan cheese delivering a great tangy finish to the fish.  It’s not a “fishy” fish ~ it’s mouthwatering good!

Here’s the recipe:

Baked Dijon Catfish


4 catfish filets
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ cup corn meal
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Olive oil


Bake in preheated 375 degree oven.
Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish.
Place catfish in dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Combine the bread crumbs and corn meal in a small bowl.
Add the butter, mustard, cheese, garlic powder, dill and parsley.
Mix well.
Spread the mixture onto the top of each filet.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake until fish is done and starts to flake, about 15-20 minutes.
Place under broiler for additional browning, if desired.
Serve immediately.



  1. This makes a great dinner with some pasta! Yummy!

  2. Hi Pam. Your baked fish fillets look absolutely delicious. I love the addition of Dijon with fish. I use it with chicken and macaroni and cheese as well.
    I bet this smelled wonderful too. Yum, yum! Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you had a great 4th of July weekend.

  3. I've never had catfish! It looks great though, thanks!

  4. This looks really delicious! I try not to deep fry at home too as it can get messy.

  5. This is a fantastic catfish recipe Pam! I love the combination of Dijon mustard and dill weed plus the other wonderful flavors you have added.

  6. I've never had catfish.

    My grandmother used to fry fish outside.

  7. So I have decided I like we will have to try this. Love all the seasonings!

  8. wow that looks seriously good, i might try it with snapper.

  9. Pam, Pam dear I love your fish look abslutely delicious, I love fish and seafood! huggs gloria

  10. Hi Pam, looks like your blogger comment isnt working either. My comments wont post and it looks like your counter is off.
    This looks delicious and love the information on catfish you provided! Hope you had a fabulous 4TH!

  11. Hi Pam,
    What a fantastic recipe. I loved it!!

  12. Angie's Recipes, you got it! It would be great with pasta!

    Terrianne, Call me Ree, hi! I had a great 4th and hope you did also! I've never tried Dijon with macaroni and cheese but I know it would be great so will do that the next time I make it. Thanks for the suggestion and you have a great day!

    Debbi, it definitely has a unique taste and I hope you try it sometime.

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thanks! It is good with the Dijon!

    Biren, I agree! It's messy and a little smelly too!

    Hi Linda! Thanks! They are really good ingredients with catfish for something a little different. Have a good day!

    M @ Betty Crapper, catfish has a totally different taste when comparing it to other fish. Give it a try if you like fish.

    Clements Family, good! It's works great spicing it up a little. Thanks for stopping by.

    3 hungry tummies, thank you! It is good! I just wish we could buy snapper here as I love it!!!

    Gloria, thanks! I'm glad you like it and hope you try it. I love the corn meal with it for a little crunch. Huggs to you!

    À LA GRAHAM, thanks! I've had a problem with posting every time I tried to this morning. Hope Blogger gets it fixed soon! I had a great 4th and hope you had a great one also. Thanks for letting me know about the comments and have a good day!

  13. Salsa Verde, thank you so much! Enjoy your day!

  14. Hi Pam!
    Thanks for leaving a nice comment on my blog so I could find you blog! I like catfish a lot and your recipe sounds delicious. My Dad loved to fish so we ate all kinds of fish when I was growing up.

    I was also intrigued by your stuffed cucumber recipe. I've had zucchini stuffed that way and I imagine cukes taste good too.

    My daughter-in-law's family are all from the Midwest (Illinois) so I'll be back to learn more about authentic Midwest cooking!


  15. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    Hi Pat! I remember all those fish Dad caught when I was young and especially loved the blue gills. Thanks for the memory!

    Yes, several people mentioned stuffed zucchini and it probably is close to the same taste.

    That's great, I'm looking forward to visiting you again and thanks for stopping by here!

  16. I love this recipe=I eat fish a lot and try to eat healthy, so baked it always better!...Thanks so much for visiting while I was out of town and for your kind comments on the blog today...Sending love and hugs to you, sweet Pam and kisses to your beautiful babies.

  17. Cat Fish is really interesting. I have got to give this a try. I'm so grateful to have stopped by to read this and take it in. I'm going to give this fish another go.

  18. Jacqueline, it's great to see you back! I missed you! You're so right about the fish, it's a good thing! Lots of love and hugs to you and your fur babies! Take care...

    Cristie, good! I hope you do try it and really like it. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of the day!

  19. I was trying to bake some fish for dinner and it didn't turn out as good as I had hope...this looks like a delicious recipe that I could try! Thanks for sharing, Pam :D

  20. Can you believe I've never had catfish before? I think I might just try this recipe! Looks yummy!

  21. This is great! I don't like frying fish in the house either so this baked recipe is perfett. Love the Dijon in here! ;)

  22. A good dijon makes my world go round. (I go through it in massive speed.) Catfish not so much. I do use it for other fish recipes and this is one I'll have to try on something other than catfish.

  23. Jeannie, thank you! It's really a delicious topping and would probably work well on most any fish.

    Celeste, hope you try catfish and like it! Thanks for the visit!

    theUngourmet, baked is the way to go. Have a good day!

    Carla and Michael, yes! Dijon adds the best flavor to so many dishes. Try this on another fish, it's really good and looks great after broiling for a couple of minutes.

  24. That's a fine looking piece of catfish - don't think I ever had it baked

  25. Big Dude, it's fine baked! Love it fried though too!

  26. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Catfish is on the eco friendly list for fish that you can still buy. So I bought a bunch and froze it. I am not a fan of frying, so this is just perfect.

  27. My Kitchen in the Rockies, thank you! I so agree with frying!


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