Crispy Baked Catfish


    Bill isn't in to grilling in chilly or rainy weather, 
and that's what we're still having.  
Since last Wednesday, our rain gauge 
has totaled 7-inches.  




So to compensate, there’s extra oomph in this baked catfish recipe, thanks to the addition of tangy and sweet French dressing!


Coat the catfish with the dressing, then dredge with cornmeal and just the right blend of spices:  chili powder, smoked paprika, and garlic  powder. It’s a simple and delicious way for the fish.




Catfish abounds here, it’s easy to find in any grocery store, and is relatively inexpensive.  Catfish not available in your area:  use any other white fish:  flounder, haddock, cod, tilapia, you name it.  You don’t care for French dressing?  Use ranch or your favorite.

Serve up this Crispy Baked Catfish for a delicious dinner this evening ~ it’s that great catfish goodness baked into perfection without all the fat and messy clean-up.

What a great change of pace from the usual fried catfish, hope you like it as much as we do!

And here's hoping for better weather ~ let grilling season begin! 

And even more, here's hoping that the sequestering will end soon!!! 

We have been under stay-at-home orders since March 20, not many businesses open other than grocery stores, fast-food restaurants and dog groomers ~ evidently our governor must have a dog that needs grooming ~ forget about everyone's hair in Illinois!  

But then, even though we have very strict travel rules, his family flies their private jet between their Florida mansion and their Wisconsin farm.  

That's life near the big city, when a wanna' be dictator rules the state...

And now this morning we hear this, he wants lock-down for 150 days!




Crispy Baked Catfish

Crispy Baked Catfish

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Prep time: 10 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 30 M

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound catfish
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1/4 cup French dressing

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Spray broiler pan rack with cooking spray.
  3. If fish fillets are large, cut into 4 serving pieces.
  4. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly brush dressing on all sides of fish.
  6. Coat fish with cornmeal mixture.
  7. Place fish on rack in broiler pan.
  8. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.
  9. Serve
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Enjoy!





24 comments:

  1. wow look at that golden brown crisp crust! I am drooling over your meal, Pam. The use of cornmeal must have given the fish some extra crunchiness and I love all those wonderful spices in it.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Cornmeal makes a great crisp and tasty coating. Take care

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  2. We have also had a lot of rain. Strange world we are living in at the present time in many aspects!! Wish we could buy catfish here, I have never seen it for sale, or on a menu in either South Africa or Europe.
    Stay safe Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! Strange for sure! Catfish has a distinct taster and wish you could try it. Be safe.

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  3. How many new cases of the virus are still happening every day? The progress of the virus is pretty relentless, so it's hard to argue with continued measures to control it. Illinois reported a decline in cases for one day yesterday, I wish you good luck that it will keep on going that way and make it safe to open up.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. It's hard to tell with the numbers here, according to who you listen to. Thanks and good luck your way!

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  5. Hi Pam, Love this recipe! Wouldn't have ever thought about French Dressing with catfish...but add garlic powder, smoked paprika and chili powder and it makes sense... Not doing much grilling right now as my grill is 'dead'. Need to have it hauled away and replaced with a new one. As for governors, ours is about the opposite of yours. We are pretty much wide open as of this Friday. No limits on restaurants, major attractions are open (with social distancing and masks 'recommended') and our virus count is on the rise. To willing to reopen a couple of weeks too early. Your governor reminds me of a certain sitting President ego wise... Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! It's only getting worse here... Reports now that our governor has spending more time at his Wisconsin farm, when he is the one who issued the stay at home order, and that Illinois is the most restricted state... Be safe and take care

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  6. I only eat catfish two ways - fried with breading and fried without breading - but after reading this I may have to try it baked.

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    1. Hi Larry, we like it fried too but baked is delicious also. Hope you like it if you try it! Take care

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  7. 7 inches, dang. Hey, at least it isn't snow. So far this week, it's been nice here, no snow. Your mac'n'cheese looks wonderful too.

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    1. Well, now we've hit the all-time record for rainfall in May. Summer can't be far away, I hope. Loved that mac'n'cheese! Thanks for the visit!

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  8. Pam, you got me missing that river catfish I used to eat as a kid. We don't have a native catfish like your US version (wish we did) but we have plenty of cod. The french dressing might be a problem finding here but I just googled and fond an easy copycat recipe. I can't wait to try this one.

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    1. Hi Ron! That river catfish is some good eating, and so is cod. The French dressing should be easy to replicate, and it works good with the fish. Take care

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  9. I love the sound of the French dressing in your recipe, Pam! I'm going to keep my eyes open for catfish because I know we'd love this. Hopefully, we should dry out tomorrow. Two rain lakes in our yard right now! One actually attracted a pair of ducks earlier today.

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    1. Funny, Susan, with the ducks. We have 2 males and a female duck that visit us a couple of times every day, they love the bird seed Bill throws out. Here's to sunny days!

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  10. Really delicious and interesting coating, Pam! Hope the sun shines soon!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! It was definitely different and pretty good. Take care

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  11. It's been really rainy and chilly here, too. Baking weather! This catfish looks great. Neat idea with the French dressing. Thanks!

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    1. Sounds like this weather pattern is widespread in the Midwest, beats snow though! Thanks for the visit!

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  12. Wow Pam...that is a lot of water coming from the sky...
    I love the idea of French dressing in the coating of the cat fish...sounds and looks super delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great rest of the week and stay safe...and dry...

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    1. Yes, Julina, and there's more on the way for all of next week. Thanks for the visit and take care!

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