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Baked Catfish with Horseradish Butter

Catfish aren’t the prettiest thing to look at! They have a face only a mother would love; but, we really enjoy the unique flavor of catfish. 

I know catfish is supposed to be fried and it’s probably a sin not to do that; but, this recipe is great with its lowered fat intake. Fresh fish is likely one of the healthiest, low-fat foods you can eat.  Not only is baking fish the best method, it’s also the quickest and easiest way of preparing it. 

 The horseradish in this recipe gives it a little zip along with the green onions and the great simple flavors blend perfectly with the catfish.  If you like catfish, you’ll really be surprised with how tasty this is!

Baked Catfish with Horseradish Butter


4 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
¼ cup chopped green onions
1½ tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons horseradish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt


Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Place fillets in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish,
Mix remaining ingredients until blended.
Spread horseradish butter mixture over each fillet.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until fish is just cooked through.
Broil to brown, if desired.


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  1. I love the simplicity of this dish. It sounds really good...and would actually work with any type of white fish! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That is a lovely combination! I've never had catfish...



  3. Pam,

    Love your recipes. This looks like another winner.

    Have a great weekend!


  4. I have never tasted catfish, never see it in the shops here. I love any fish though so sure I would enjoy this. Diane

  5. I love that is it not fried - yet it has spices in it to cover the taste!


  6. We usually cook catfish with lots of spices and herbs. THis is indeed a very unique way of cooking it...looks delicious!

  7. Never think to make catfish when cooking a fish dinner.....will have to try that next time. Your recipe looks fabulous!

  8. I like how you have added the horseradish to this dish. Well done!

  9. This looks great Pam! Lots of big flavors going on there but nice and simple to make. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I wouldn't have thought of horseradish, even though I love it. I rarely fry fish. Baking it is fine.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog & the kind comments.
    I'm your newest follower.

  12. Pam, this looks so good to me. I've had guests and with them comes far more meat than we would normally eat. I yearn for fish. This is a lovely recipe. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. Wow, I haven't had catfish in ages! looks great!

  14. Lovely recipe and space
    Looking forward to read your posts
    Thank you for following hear from you soon

  15. Hi Pam, this catfish looks great! I bet the horseradish puts a good kick in every bite!

    Bon appetit!

  16. oh wow, i'd love to dig into that! i love all the flavors!

  17. Being from the MS GULF COAST, I love my catfish. I have a lemon/butter recipe cooked in foil that is pretty yum. Can't wait to try your recipe. Tks for sharing.

  18. Pam I love fish recipes! This look really nice! gloria

  19. Hey thanks for stopping over for a visit --- my pictures are my hobby in comparison to your cooking -- wonderful I'm always looking for good easy ideas (things that make me look like a wonderful cook :) ) Catfish -my husband has fished for them (says they are ugly but good) -- this recipe looks very yummy --- I'll be visiting often.

  20. My husband is crazy about catfish. It is very seldom when we can find it around here; looks so good and I love your recipe.

  21. I LOVE catfish, these looks really tasty

  22. OMG Pam this sounds so good! We love catfish around here. I never thought to use horsradish in butter, perfect for this! I am always looking for new ways to use horseradish!

  23. I have only eaten catfish fried as well. I love fried catfish! But since I am trying to eat lighter this looks like a good recipe for me.

  24. I can tell by the ingredients that this would be a wonderful and tasty way to prepare catfish and we could all use more fish in our diets!

  25. I'm grillin' blackened wild salmon with french bread and a fresh farm salad here tonight! It's too dang hot to eat! Air temp is 103 right now...dang, it's been like this for three weeks!

    I just wanted to thank you for poppin' in with your sweet comment and hoppin' on my blog. I sure do hope ya enjoy the ride.

    God bless ya and in the words of that silly old Granny Clampett, "Ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!"

    Have a wonderfully blessed weekend sweetie.

  26. I am not the biggest fish fan. But I have seen several fish recipes lately so I am thinking maybe I need to open up my mind about fish a little bit more. We shall see! ;)

  27. Jenn, yes it's easy and would work with any whitefish.

    Rosa, it's good!

    Carol, thanks and you have a good weekend also!

    Diane, it's a little different and readily available here.

    Sandie, it's a good thing if you're a horseradish fan!

    Jeannie, love that spicy food!

    The Wife of a Dairyman, hope you try it and thanks for stopping by!

    Diana, thanks and have a good weekend!

    Miss Meat and Potatoes, thank you! Love that fiery horseradish!

    StephenC, it's different and complements the fish well.

    Katrina, welcome! It's nice to meet you and I'm looking forward to more posts.

    Mary, glad you like fish also. It's easy, light and good.

    Abbey, thanks and have a good weekend!

    Torviewtoronto, same to you and thanks for the visit!

    Cajun Chef Ryan, thanks! I thought yours looks and sounds much better!

    teresa, thanks and hope you have a great evening!

    Petie, sounds good to me! Love that catfish!

    Gloria, it works well on most whitefish; tangy!

    Growing Up A Country Girl, wish I could do those photos like you. Thanks for stopping by!

    Rita, there's a lot of cat fish here! Have a good evening!

    Jennifurla, me too! Thanks!

    Lyndsey, it's really good with the horseradish. I say the more, the better!

    Sandy, I love it fried! Thanks for the visit!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, you're right! I love beef but am trying to eat more fish and seafood. It's great!

    Nezzy, I want to eat at your place, love that salmon! Hot here too for several weeks and it's definitely not the norm. lol! I'll be back and thanks for the visit!

  28. looks great make loads of fish yum have a great weekend

  29. Thanks for this recipe, it sounds wonderful!...Have a great weekend.

  30. Lovin' that horseradish butter! What a great way to add some piquancy to a mild white fish. I'll bet I could come up with all kinds of other uses for it to - hehehehe! Thanks!

  31. Horseradish butter, that sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing another great recipe!

  32. What can possibly go wrong with butter and horseradish!

  33. Wow, love this dish I had never considered that catfish could be baked! I am a huge fan of horseradish butter, it must be great with catfish

  34. Horseradish butter! Never used it on fish before- sounds delicious!

  35. Just found your blog today, and this recipe drew me right in! I love baking catfish, and I just adore horseradish. This looks delicious.

  36. This looks really good. I love the idea of the horseradish butter. I am thinking this recipe could be used with some other types of fish too. Thank you.

  37. Just exactly how DID you make this catfish look so appetizing? I know I'd eat this if someone cooked it for me. Are you game?

  38. The horseradish butter makes up for it not being fried. Times a thousand.

  39. Chow and Chatter, thanks and you have a great weekend also!

    Jacqueline, hope you have a great weekend too!

    intuitive eggplant, yes! There are so many dishes this would work with!

    Patticake, thanks! Glad you like it!

    Kay Heritage, you're right!

    Bryan, I started baking it several years ago. Good with a little corn meal sprinkled on top too!

    scrambledhenfruit, it's good and I hope you try it!

    Monet, welcome! And thanks for stopping by!

    Charli and me, yes. I think it would work with most fish.

    Mags, come on over and I'll cook for you!

    Joanne, thanks and have a good weekend!

  40. Nice to meet you Pam. I remember the days when I would catch catfish in our local rivers. I can't say we ever tried them and I don't see them at the grocers so I will need to bide my time.

  41. very goor' s lovely this dish simple.good

  42. I have never tried catfish before! I would have to use other type of fish for this! Have a great weekend!

  43. bellini valli, I like catfish but I don't want to fish for them. :-) It is very plentiful in the stores here though.

    lucy, yes simple and good!

    kitchen flavours, it's a great sauce for about any fish. You have a great weekend also!

  44. What a great combination! Sounds yummy!

  45. You did a great job, Pam. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend.

  46. We used to catch our own catfish and eat them. I love fish and don't even mind a "fishy" taste, but about 4 years ago I ate a catfish (that we caught) and it was the most awful, fishiest taste ever. I haven't eaten one since. I'm sure the farm-raised catfish are wonderful, I just can't bring myself to eat it anymore. We love horseradish - I'm wondering how this sauce would taste on trout?

  47. I'm a fan of catfish, and the horseradish and green onion sound great with it!

  48. We love catfish, especially my husband he will love this. Great recipe, this is another great way to cook catfish aside from fried. Thank you for sharing.

  49. Pam - this recipe looks delicious - my husband loves zippy dishes - and with the know he'll love it!! Love the zucchini recipe below (I have a big zuch staring at me & I'm trying to decide what to do with it....voila!!) Now...what do you have for fresh tomatoes? I've got lots of those that I need to use up :) Thanks for stopping over & seeing us - we LOVE meeting new bloggers (we love it even more if they give us recipes!!)
    We'll keep in touch!
    Karla & Karrie too

  50. Yum, catfish is incredibly mild and delicious. I love the idea of a spunky horseradish sauce with it.

  51. Pam...funny thing...I've always eaten catfish...only I never knew what I was really eating until I found out that the 'Basa' fish I was buying was a.k.a. catfish. LOL
    Learning every day.

    Lovely recipe that'll surely adapt to it becuse I love this versatile fish.

    Ciao for now,

  52. I've eaten cat fih before, but never cooked it myself. It is popular here in Africa, where it is also called 'mud fish' or 'barbel'. Thanks for another great recipe !

  53. Celeste, thanks so much!

    Kat, thank you and I hope you're having a great weekend also!

    Karen, I understand completely as I've had a similar experience also. The horseradish would be great with trout and about any whitefish.

    lisaiscooking, great! Glad you like it also!

    Cook with Madin, thanks! Hope you try it and both enjoy it!

    The Summer Kitchen Girls, the horseradish definitely adds zip! Yes, I have two great tomato recipes I will be posting in the next week or two when the local tomatoes are really good and ripe. Thanks for stopping by and I will be keeping in touch also!

    Jacqueline, I like that spunky! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Foodessa, funny! Well, I've learned something new to as I've not heard of 'Basa' before now. Glad you like the recipe!

    FoodFunFarmLife, interesting with the names! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  54. Of course, I love catfish, cooked any which way! Looks fabulous and I will certainly try that Horseradish Butter.

  55. Hi Pam, your catfish looks delicious! Baked fish is so good. I love cooking too, making it healthy but flavorful. It's very exciting to cook especially when your love ones enjoy it. I always say to put love in cooking! I have a wonderful, sweet husband who inspire me! Thank you for stopping by my garden/food blog. I'm looking forward to reading your posts!

  56. We love fish at our house, yours sounds spicy and very yummy

  57. Marguerite, thanks! Hope you're enjoying your day!

    Priscilla, great for you and your hubby and that is one good garden! Thanks for stopping by!

    MaryBeth, thanks! It's spicy good and you have a good day!

  58. Hi Pam,
    It looks delicious! I am your newest follower, and thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  59. Come to think of it, I don't think I have ever eaten catfish that wasn't fried. Huhn. This sounds really good though...especially w/ that horsey sauce...mmmmm... :)

  60. When I read that Horseradish was an ingredient, I knew it would taste great! :)

  61. Kathleen, welcome! Thanks so much and have a great 'rest of the day!'

    girlchef, it is good, horsey sauce and all! Hope you try it!

    JG, thank you! It's tangy good!

  62. Looking at the picture, I thought that it was fried :D I usually eat fresh fish steamed or sometimes pan fried, depending on what type of fish it is. I've never had catfish before though......but this looks really yummy! Especially with the horseradish butter!

  63. Oh my! You had me at horseradish butter! I have tilapia right now. I wonder if your butter would be good with that fish too???

  64. Thanks for the recipe - I have a package of catfish in the freezer that I need to use up. I have to admit that I love fried catfish the best though. When I lived in Indiana, there was a great restaurant right outside of Indianapolis that only served catfish. You'd get a whole fried catfish (head and all). It was awesome but it was hard to get in to because it was so popular.

  65. Von, the broiler helped it out a little. The horseradish really made it yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

    theUngourmet, the butter would be great on your tilapia! Have a good day!

    Edie, yes, I know those restaurants as there was one in Louisville like that years ago. I'm not sure I want to see the head on it though! ;) Thanks for the visit!

  66. It look so delicious and appetising!!

  67. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment! I am happy to discover your blog!
    This looks like a delicious recipe, I love horseradish! have only tried its japanese cousin - wasabi- on fish, but would love to try your recipe!


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