Pecan-Crusted Catfish Cajun Style


I hear you questioning it:  
pecans, cornmeal and catfish?  
They go together like you wouldn’t believe!




This catfish has a delicious thick crust ~ you’ll swear it’s batter-fried catfish.  The fillets are sweet, meaty, flaky and spicy.  It’s a simple great way to eat catfish!

Swipe the fish through the spicy flavors of cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano and garlic powder, stirred into buttermilk. 

Dredge the catfish into a combo of cornmeal and chopped pecans, for great texture and nutty taste. 





Baking this catfish is a no-mess alternative, delivering a crispy crust without deep-frying.

Give this a try ~ I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Pecan-Crusted Catfish Cajun Style
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

½ cup buttermilk
½ to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne 
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon, each salt and seasoned pepper
2 cups cornmeal
½ cup pecans, chopped
4 catfish fillets
Lemon slices

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a shallow dish, blend buttermilk and next 6 ingredients (through pepper.)
Combine cornmeal and pecans on a large plate.
Dip each fillet into buttermilk mixture.
Dredge in cornmeal mixture, coating both sides.
Transfer to a baking sheet that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Bake catfish for 25 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
Serve with lemon slices




ENJOY!




Comments

  1. Pam, you don't have to convince me on how well all the ingredients in this dish go together, your catfish sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! You make it easy. :-)

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  2. Hi Pam,
    This recipe looks amazing! I love the photo..could just grab a piece from the PC...This combo sounds very interesting and it is easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing this one...Have to try this next time we have fish! Have a great rest of the week...hope that your hubby is doing well..
    Hugs Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks, Dottie! There are so many times I wish we could reach and grab from the PC! All is well here and I hope good way also. Take care

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  3. Pam, Wow! That catfish looks amazing! Love a nice catfish dinner and not having to fry it is a real plus... Love the coating and the spices used! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Dave, thanks! I love catfish and can't wait until it's warmer out and grill season! Have a great day!

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  4. WOW Pam, this is the perfect dish to celebrate National Pecan Month which happens to be in April! It looks amazing and I'm sure it tastes just as good!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Pam...

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I didn't know until now that it's NPM! So it's pure accident with this posting. :-) I love pecans and wish I had a huge bag of them. Great taste and I hope you have a great rest of the week!

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  5. This is the second pecan crusted fish dish I've seen in a few days and yours looks delicious - think I may have to try it.

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    1. Thanks, Larry! It's a good thing, catfish and pecans. Take care!

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  6. Pecans, cornmeal and catfish will certainly go together well. They are all typical southern ingredients and they say "what grows together goes together." What a magnificent way to celebrate National Pecan week. I sure wish I had a bag or two of Georgia pecans, so I will scour the grocery store today for sure.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I've bought bags of pecans when we were down Georgia way, wish we could purchase them here though. Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. Dear Pam,

    Sounds like a delicious dish. I hope all is well.
    Have a beautiful day. xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! You have a wonderful rest of the week! Hugs

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  8. I love finding new, delicious fish recipes and this sounds delicious, Pam! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Have a good day!

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  9. Hi Pam, what a great dish, I bet this taste amazing, pinned for later.

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! Hope you like it!

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  10. Sounds wonderful Pam! Love all the spices and I bet the pecans are terrific!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! I love them too. :-)

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  11. Oh, yeah, this looks amazing! And the Cajun spices really jazz up the flavor!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Cajun seasonings work for me.

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  12. One of the most expensive meals we had in Provence was catfish:) Really and very $$$$$$..

    Sounds good.

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    1. Wow, Monique! It's not in restaurants a lot here but is usually at the grocery store, and the price is good.

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  13. Love fried catfish but it loves me -- too much! So reducing calories by baking is the way to go. This looks terrific -- wonderful coating. Thanks so much!

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    1. You're so right, John! Every little bit helps as far the calories go. Take care

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  14. Wow Pam...I am loving the idea of pecan in the crust on the catfish, and even more that it is baked...great...so I can have an extra portion.
    Have a great rest of the week :)

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  15. I have never had catfish, but this sure looks like a great way to cook it!The crust looks amazing Pam.

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  16. I absolutely love the fact that it's baked, and the crust is so gorgeously crispy!

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  17. catfish are SO ugly but you've transformed that beast into something that actually appeals to this fish-hater! pecans are magical. :)

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    1. Ha,Grace! They have some mean whiskers! But taste great!

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  18. That plate of catfish looks delicious! I have never had catfish before, the pecan crust must be good on any fish!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! It's definitely a different sort of fish that really tastes good.

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  19. Oh boy, do I love catfish! Feel sorry for people that have never had it. I am drooling!

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    1. I hear you, Barbara! I love it deep-fried and this is pretty close to it.

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  20. I have a Cajun fish with pecans on my blog also. So rich and luscious, no one should miss yours!In fact, now my mouth is watering. Must make it again!

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    1. Thanks, Abbe! It makes my mouth water too. :-) Take care

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  21. Oh my goodness. Could I just reach in the screen and take a nibble, or two, or three or ...

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  22. Pecan crust plus cajun spice - yum!

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  23. We never see catfish here :-( It sounds delicious, yum yum Have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! I bet you would like it. You have a great rest of the week!

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  24. I love how simple and quick this is! This sounds like a great summer dish served with a nice side salad.

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    1. Thanks, Balvinder! Great for summer.

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  25. This sounds wonderful - I think all those flavours would work perfectly together!

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  26. Mr. ken would LOVE this recipe. Might be too spicy for me but I
    could change the spices for me. YUM!!

    M : )

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    1. Hi Melinda! Yes, cutting back on the spices would be fine and good. :-)

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  27. I love that thick crisp nutty crust!!

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