Spicy Cormeal-battered Baked Catfish w/Really Lousy Photos!

Fishing around for a seafood dinner for tonight?  Then consider this crispy baked catfish!

Ready for baking----photos do not get any better than this!

I might live in the Midwest now, but my roots run deep in Louisville, where catfish is abundant at all-you-can-eat fish fry’s at family restaurants about year round.  

Here's a lightened up alternative that offers a new way to enjoy catfish.  After a light coating of Italian dressing is brushed over the fish, it’s dredged in a bold cornmeal breading, and baked in the oven for a quick meal. 

At least it's colorful!
This lightened-up version tastes just as good as fried catfish, only with a lot less mess.  The catfish is spicy and still has the crispy-crust-coating most aficionados of fried catfish like.

 This qualifies as my worst photo ever!  
But boy, was that some delicious catfish!!!

Now, if I only I had some hush puppies, something you will never see on a menu here in our neck of the woods...

Yield: 3

Spicy Cormeal-battered Baked Catfish

Fishing around for a seafood dinner for tonight? Then consider this crispy baked catfish!
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • 1½  pounds catfish fillets
  • ¼ cup light creamy Italian or ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • Cooking spray


How to cook Spicy Cormeal-battered Baked Catfish

  1. Heat oven to 425°.
  2. Lightly brush dressing on fish.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients and dredge fish.
  4. Place fish on baking pan that is lightly coated with cooking spray.
  5. Bake about 18 to 20 minutes until fish flakes easily with a fork.
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This post is proof...
I'm far from perfect!

 Have a wonderful day!


  1. Pam, We do love good catfish but its always been fried. Baked is a great idea and I love your recipe for the coating! We both like spicy and I'd probably use hot paprika just to kick it up one more notch. Looks great! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Cornmeal is a favorite of mine as I'm a great lover of 'mamaliga' (polenta). It's also ideal as coating stuff.
    Catfish is known to have many health benefits.

    So, the two things combined, with the right spices and treatment renders a great dish in a short time.
    Your photos are more then adequate, don't you worry!

  3. Thanks, Dave! It was really good and I'll make it again soon. Have a good week!

  4. Thanks, Duta! I really like the coating, it's perfect for catfish! And, thanks, photography is not my thing, it's beyond me. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  5. Looks good to me! Have to agree on the hushpuppies though- they make any meal better :)

  6. I wish we could get catfish here something I have never see on the counter. I had to look Hush puppies up, interesting, I have the ingredients for those might just give that a try. Have a good week, Diane

  7. Thanks, Son! It was good, but you're right, definitely would've loved hush puppies! Have a good week! Love

  8. Hi Diane! I bet you'd like catfish, it has a unique taste. it's sweet, mild and moist flesh that doesn't flake like most whitefish. Hush puppies are great, I've made them once but no longer have a deep fryer which I think is probably the best method of making them. Hope you like them should you try! Take care and have a good week!

  9. wow they turned out so beautifully golden brown and delicious. I am not sure I have seen catfish here, but definitely going to look out for some to try!

  10. I like that it is baked and still crispy - now I'm craving catfish.

  11. Hi Angie! Yes, they did turn out golden brown and delicious. I hope you find it if you like fish, it's unique and good! Thanks!

  12. Hi Larry! I always bake catfish now, very crisp with cornmeal especially. Thanks!

  13. It sounds delicious! A great way to cook fish.

  14. I finally tried hush puppies at a brunch buffet in South Carolina a couple of weeks ago. Really delicious and light inside the deep-fried coating! Their biscuits were light too. I made it a point to try a lot of Southern and low country delicacies. But the fish was from the Atlantic -- never saw any catfish. I guess that's for a trip to another part of the south.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  15. Thanks, Cakelaw! Have a good rest of the week!

  16. Hi Mae! Glad you liked the hush puppies and wish restaurants served them here. They're so good and everywhere down South. Love the crunchy outside and light cornmeal inside. Low Country does it right for sure! Thanks!

  17. You can call them lousy photos, but all I see is delicious looking catfish. I lived in Nashville for three years and developed quite a taste for hush puppies and friend catfish.

  18. Hi Buttercup! Nashville will do that to you! 😊 Thanks, and have a good rest of the week!

  19. Fried catfish is good stuff, isn't it? Love it! This baked version looks every bit as good, and certainly healthier. Now you have me craving catfish. And hush puppies. :-)

  20. Hi John! Glad you're back! It's healthier for sure! Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

  21. Hi Pam, I love the idea of coating the catfish with cornmeal, especially with all the spices on it...and yes, baked is the best way to go...thanks for the recipe..
    I hope you are having a fabulous week!

  22. Thanks, Juliana! It has been a great week, no snow nor ice! I love cornmeal, esp in cornbread! Take care

  23. YUM! I love the crispy coating!!! My in-laws lived right on the Mississippi in Illinois and my FIL adored catfish. Wish he was still around as I'd love to cook this for him (and if you want to see bad photos, check my blog posts from 2010, LOL!).

  24. Ma che bontà cucinato così al forno, grazie della ricetta!!!

  25. Hi Liz! Sounds great with your FIL's love of catfish, and the Mississippi has them for sure, like the Ohio in Louisville! I can't imagine photos like this on your website, everything always looks so great, food and photos! Thans and take care.

  26. Mr. Ken would be in heaven if I made this.
    Hushpuppies are my fave too.

    M : )

  27. Hi Melinda! Hushpuppies are my favorite too, great minds think alike! Thanks and have a good weekend!


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