Dinner was Oven-fried Catfish!

I gave catfish a lighter spin by baking the fish last night.

There’s no problem in finding catfish here in the Midwest.  Virtually every body of water in Illinois contains at least one species of the catfish family, with the most common members being channel catfish, flatheads, blue catfish and several species of bullheads.

You can’t go wrong with a catfish meal on the table.  I usually give catfish that traditional fried flavor without the grease hassle by baking it in the oven or on the grill.  

This crispy and moist catfish recipe is a perfect dinnertime entrée.  It’s a light way to serve catfish and let the sweet flavor of the fish come through.  I used a mixture of herbs and spices that you probably already have on hand in your kitchen.  

The recipe is simple and can be prepared quickly.  I serve it with coleslaw and rice, or mac and cheese.  

It's bound to win a few tummies over!

Oven-fried Catfish
Printable recipe


1½ pounds catfish
½ cup yellow cornmeal 
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon celery seeds
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup skim milk
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 425°.
Lightly coat pan with cooking spray.
In a shallow dish or plate, stir together cornmeal and next 7 ingredients, through garlic powder.  
Place milk in a shallow bowl and dip fillets in the milk.
Coat fillets with cornmeal mixture.
Place on baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
Serves 4-6



Anne in the kitchen said...

This sounds great!

David said...

Hi Pam, We really like catfish and this is a good looking meal! We've never tried baking it in the oven like this. Thanks for the idea. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Angie's Recipes said...

I don't think I can get catfish here..it looks nicely golden crisp and delicious!

Pam said...

Thanks, Anne! Take care

Pam said...

Hi Dave! Baking does away with the mess of frying the fish, and it's still crispy and good. Have a good week!

Pam said...

Hi Angie! It's a little different taste and good. Thanks!

Rhodesia said...

I have never seen catfish for sale here, is not more bony than 'normal' fish. Hope all is well with you Diane

Pam said...

It's good, Diane! All is well here and I hope with you there also. Take care

Melinda said...

Will have to try this one. Catfish
is a fave of Mr. Ken's.

M : )

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love all the seasonings in the coating! Sounds delicious, Pam. Another recipe I'd like to try soon :)

Pam said...

Hope you do, Melinda! It's pretty good! Take care

Pam said...

Thanks, Susan! We really liked it! Take care

Mae Travels said...

I’m sure catfish must be available in our markets but I’ve never tried it. Your recipe sounds like a good way to do it. Thanks for a good idea!

BTW Tomorrow there will be another book review at my blog! I hope you like that one too.

Best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Ron said...

Oh, I do miss a catfish and your looks grand. We do have some good substitutes over here so I'll be giving this a try. I know it's healthier to bake, but I do have fond memories of eating those crunchy pieces of batter you skimmed off the grease when frying the catfish. Now, you got me thinking of hushpuppies. Can you bake those?

Pam said...

It was good, Mae! Oh, great! Another Amazon visit! 😉

Pam said...

Hi Ron! Oh, hushpuppies, the best! I don't think they'd be as good baked. And I know what you mean with those crunchy pieces of batter you skimmed off the grease when frying the catfish! Thanks!

Shug said...

Fish is on my menu for this evenings meal. Thankful that I stopped by this morning to read this. Gonna cook it your way and I know it will be so tasty. Enjoy your day! Rain coming our way....

Kitchen Riffs said...

Fried catfish is great! But it's, well fried. :-) This oven version looks every bit as good and much healthier and more sensible. Thanks!

Juliana said...

Pam, your oven version of "fried" cat fish sounds and looks delicious, especially with all the flavors in the coating...thanks for the recipe. Have a great rest of the week!

natalia20041989 said...

I love fish, especially from the oven, they are so delicate and yummy ☺

Pam said...

Thanks, Shug! Hope you like it! Take care

Pam said...

I love fried catfish, this is pretty close to it. Thanks, John!

Pam said...

Thanks, Juliana! You have a wonderful rest of the week!

Pam said...

Thanks, Natalia! I do too!

kitchen flavours said...

Looks delicious! Great spin with the oven-fried! Healthier version without all the excess greasy oil!

Catherine said...

Sounds delish! I love oven fried fish. xo Catherine

Pam said...

Thanks, Joyce! Healthier for sure!

Pam said...

Thanks, Catherine!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Yum!! This catfish looks fantastic! So flavorful and crispy!

Pam said...

Thanks, Amy! Have a great weekend!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Sounds perfect! Love that crispy coating. Catfish reminds me of my in-laws who lived on the Mississippi---my MIL did not like catfish and my FIL loved it. He'd fry it up on occasion and my MIL would leave the house until the aroma dissipated. They laughed about this scenario that happened numerous times during their long marriage :)

Pam said...

Great story, Liz! I get that with your MIL, a good laugh for them! I'm the same if Bill fries Spam! Thanks and have a good day!

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