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Oven-fried Catfish with a Giveaway Winner

Ummmm!  Crunchy cornmeal-crusted fried catfish, piping hot hushpuppies and zesty coleslaw!  Ah!!!  Who could resist that meal?  

This falls into that category of favorite meals that I love to eat, but do not make any more because of the mess, the bother, and mainly because of the high fat content of deep frying.

These days, I clean up that greasy mess by making this oven-fried catfish.  Farm-raised catfish has a mild taste and is nutritious.  When “fried” in the oven, it stays lean and gets crisp from the cornmeal coating. 

This is “guiltless” “fried” catfish at its best and I hope you give it a try to find out for yourself!  It’s really GOOD! 

Oven-fried Catfish


2 tablespoons canola oil
1½ pounds catfish fillets
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup flour
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a baking pan with the oil and set aside.
In a shallow bowl, combine cornmeal and next 6 ingredients.
Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl.
Dip filets in the buttermilk.
Dredge filets in the cornmeal and flour mixture.
Arrange on baking pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Turn once during baking.
Serve with tartar sauce or hot sauce.


Now, on to the winner of the My Memories giveaway:  

Thanks so much to all of you who entered the contest!  To select the winner, I used Random.Org and:

The winner is:

Here’s the gist of Glenda’s great blog, in her words:  a practical blog with stories, pictures, lessons and recipes from my life as a Christian woman.  Give her a visit!

Congratulations, Glenda and have fun playing with My Memories! 

Please email me at for your My Memories software.

And, visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for excellent tips and recipes. She’s having a great giveaway now also!!!

Here's wishing each of you a wonderful weekend!  It’s all of 18 degrees here now, wind chill 3 degrees ~ we just finished shoveling 5” of snow and the sun is starting to shine!


  1. You know I have never seen catfish for sale, I would love to try it. Diane

  2. Pam, I love fried catfish but we've only eaten out in a restaurant... As you mentioned, it's too messy to fry at home, but this oven 'fried' recipe should work out perfectly. Thanks!! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. My,my....sounds so good. If you live in the South, you've got to love catfish. Wow, it's really cold there. Its cool here, near the freezing point, but not near as cold as you all.

  4. We love catfish, my daughter often requests it. I am going to try it this way this weekend, looks wonderful.

  5. I have never had catfish! Invite me over next time you make it! :-)

  6. "Crunchy cornmeal-crusted fried catfish, piping hot hushpuppies and zesty coleslaw! Ah!!! Who could resist that meal?" - not me for sure. I've never tried to get a crispy crust from the oven, but this has me wanting to try it.

  7. I catch them all the time never ate one you just inspired me! Congrats to the winner! :)

  8. Diane, here's hoping you can try catfish one of these days. It has a great flavor.

    Dave, this catfish recipe is really good and I hope you give it a try. It's as good as fried, if not better!

    Shug, you're right about catfish. It's late afternoon, cloudy and still really cold here!

    Lyndsey, great! I bet you all will like it made this way, we do!

    Debbie, sure! I'll let you know next time. lol

    Larry, I can't remember the last time I had hushpuppies. Love them but that's not something you see on any restaurant menu here.

    Claudia, you have to try catfish, the farm-raised ones! Maybe you will like it!

  9. My first catfish came right out of the Mississippi River (Memphis, early 1980's). I'll never forget it. Farmed is good and I cook it often.

  10. Dear Pam, That meal is just calling my name!! It looks delicious. Blessings, Catherine

  11. delicious looking dish congrats to the winner

  12. Wow, it does look really delicious! Congrats to the winner! Have a lovely weekend, Pam!

  13. When I die...bury me with this piece of catfish and those grits. Oh my word....I'm salivating Pam!

  14. I grew up on catfish--mostly caught by my uncles and cousins in the Pigg River near Sandy Level, VA. They were always served with potato salad, cole slaw and cornbread. I wish I had a plate right now!!


  15. Stephen, way to go! Bet it was great!

    Catherine, thanks! Have a great weekend! hugs

    Torviewtoronto, thank you! It is!

    kitchen flavours, thanks! Here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend also!

    Corgidogmama, as usual, I'm always happy to see you and your humor here! Talk about catfish love...

    Bonnie, wow! Interesting! I have to google and see where that is. That sounds like a great meal to me, esp. cornbread w/ catfish. YUM!

  16. You sweet thing ... thanks for choosing me. What fun.


  17. Pam, this looks delish! What a wonderful blog you have here. :) I can almost smell all this wonderful food. Following you! Hugs!!

  18. I never knew baked catfish could look so deliciously toasty and crisp. You do have me convinced that this recipe is a keeper. Glad I did not miss this post-yum! I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

  19. Glenda, congrats and enjoy!

    Crunchy Creamy Sweet, thank you! It's great to see you here and I will be enjoying your blog! Have a great day!

    Tina, thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by and enjoy your day!

  20. What a GREAT way to make catfish and congratulations to the winner! You have a terrific blog ad your photos are stunning! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  21. This is one of my all time favorite dishes, and to see it baked up to perfection makes me happy on the inside. Lovely! Can't wait to to this at home.

  22. That could be considered one of my favorite meals too! And when you can bake it and get the same results, I'm all for it! I know it's only 5:30 in the morning, but I wish I had that plate in front of me right now!!

  23. What a simple and easy way to cook catfish! I am printing this recipe out.


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