This recipe is a great alternative to pan-fried catfish. A combination of cornmeal and a variety of spices gives this recipe a savory kick in less than 30 minutes.
This recipe is a great alternative to pan-fried catfish. A combination of cornmeal and a variety of spices gives this recipe a savory kick in less than 30 minutes.
I loved this dish and this technique. The spices used in the breading were right on, and the fish turned out delicious. The only thing that I did (since I had 2.6 lbs of catfish filets) was add an egg to the skim milk and about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs to the breading. I will keep making this recipe again and again since my husband really loves seafood (and I hate frying fish). A few words of caution, though - after the fish is finished baking, serve it immediately. I let it sit for about 40 minutes in a warm oven (husband was late coming for dinner) and the bottoms became soggy when they were perfectly crisp after just being done. Secondly, my filets were huge (4 filets equaled 2.6 lbs) and I had tons of breading and eggwash left over. Afterwards I realized that cutting the fish into smaller strips/pieces would have solved that problem by creating more surface area for the eggwash and breading and would have made smaller, even crisper pieces of fish!Read More
I loved this dish and this technique. The spices used in the breading were right on, and the fish turned out delicious. The only thing that I did (since I had 2.6 lbs of catfish filets) was add an egg to the skim milk and about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs to the breading. I will keep making this recipe again and again since my husband really loves seafood (and I hate frying fish). A few words of caution, though - after the fish is finished baking, serve it immediately. I let it sit for about 40 minutes in a warm oven (husband was late coming for dinner) and the bottoms became soggy when they were perfectly crisp after just being done. Secondly, my filets were huge (4 filets equaled 2.6 lbs) and I had tons of breading and eggwash left over. Afterwards I realized that cutting the fish into smaller strips/pieces would have solved that problem by creating more surface area for the eggwash and breading and would have made smaller, even crisper pieces of fish!
Excellent seasoning..not too salty at all. Was crispy enough without having to flip over as one of the earlier reviewers mentioned. This cornmeal seasoning would also be great for frying fish in oil, but for the healthier version in the oven it is still A++++.
Thanks! Made this tonight (no garlic or onion powder and half the salt) and it was, as my wife said, "your best fish yet." Had all the necessary ingredients on hand, prep was quick. I also substituted crushed Triscuits for the cornmeal to make it a bit healthier -- worked perfectly.
I can't believe my tastebuds! This is better than fried! I halved the salt, added 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, and served with lemon and tartar sauce.
This was VERY good! My husband from the south loved it! I did add a pinch more salt and cajun seasoning to spice it up. Also, cooked it about 20 min. Thank you for a healthy catfish meal!
I will make again. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is it was wayyyyyyy too salty. And I love salt. Next time I will batter it and then just season it on the cookie sheet to my liking. Tooo bad.
This was the best fish I have ever had that was not fried. It turned out so crispy without the added fat from frying. The seasoning was perfect. I used oarnge roughy because I don't really care for catfish. I will be making this often. Thanks for posting!
This made the best catfish in the world. We always get whole catfish from our store and I usually cook it whole. I cut it in half and made it according to the recipe. The only thing I did do was add a touch of cayenne pepper. I made homemade sauce with wasabi mayo, real mayo, dehydrated garlic (my own) and a pickle in the chopper. Nice change from what we usually do with the catfish. Hubby loved it, that is half the battle.
Fast and easy! Pretty tasty, a little bland. Mine was not as crispy as actual fried catfish (that may not be a surprise to other people). I did try re-dipping/breading 2 fillets as you often do with chicken fingers to make them extra crispy. They were not! A little soggy actually. So only dip once! They will have more crunch!
Excellent flavor and quick cooking. This is a GREAT alternative to pan frying.
Full disclosure: I am a Louisiana native, and cooking catfish/basa in the oven is almost sacrilegious.. That being said, this recipe is incredible. I've tried 5 variations of it and found that Spraying the breaded fish with PAM (etc..) is critical! I've had great feedback keeping the same proportions, but halving the celery seed and adding 1 tsp cayenne pepper and two dashes of ground chipotle. I've looked a LONG time for a healthier alternative to fried cat and can honestly say this is ,y "go-to" recipe!!!
~_~ Love this! Everytime I make this catfish my husband loves it. I'm a bit more enthusiastic with my spices so I'm rating the method more than the taste of the original recipe. Coating the fish before its cooked is the best idea ever! Neither of us could believe it was oven fried the first time I made this it was crispy on the outside & moist/flaky on the inside I'm making it right now for lunch! Thanks for the recipe, BTW people complaining about the 15 min cooking time need to read the recipe in its entirety bc it does imply the time may vary..........that's pretty much a common sense thing check the food before you take it out if it seems like it needs more cooking time then ummm cook it some more lol thanks again!
This tasted so good, better than fried. Cut fish into strips. Dip fish in 2% milk, then dip into a bowl of seasonings (seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, little garlic salt, blk pepper) on one side of the fish strip and then dip into cornmeal. Served with southern cabbage & sweet potatoes with tartar sauce and hushpuppies on the side. **Only dip one side of the fish strip lightly into the bowl of seasoning, anymore than that the fish would be very salty.***
I was excited to try this baked catfish with all the good reviews but this just wasn't for us. Wasn't crazy about the flavor of all the seasonings, way too strong.
This was the best tasting non-fried fish I've ever had and let me tell you I LOVE fried fish. I WILL fix it this way from now on!! I used salt, pepper, garlic poweder, onion powder, paprika and a pinch of red pepper for the seasonings.
EXCELLENT!! Everyone loved these fillets and the fat content was soo much lower. I highly recommend this recipe. I didn't change a thing. I was so surprised how nice and crispy the fillets were. YUMMY YUMMY!
I have made this - oh probably 10 times in less than three months now. My husband absolutely loves it. We are from the south and know good catfish. I love having an easy recipe I can do in the oven. I make this almost weekly now. I do have to turn on the broiler for 5 minutes or so at the end to get it truly crispy. The mix makes enough for 3 large filets every time I make it.
This made a pretty good and crispy oven-baked fish. It was just a little bit too salty for me, and I usually use more salt than most. It did get nice and crispy in the oven. I would use this recipe again and just cut down on the salt just a little bit.
Wow, these catfish were so delicious. My husband, who is from TN, was craving a bit of taste of home. He grew up eating fried catfish, so I tried this recipe. He was unsure of baking instead of frying but the fish turned out better that we expected. I don't like deep fried food, so this was perfect for us. The only changes I made was the following: - no celery seed (we didn't have any.) - garlic salt instead of salt, onion and garlic powder
Delicious. Yields the most buttery catfish with a nice crust. This is a KEEPER! I use grapeseed oil instead of cooking spray. This is an impressive dinner - perfect for guests!
Anything naturally Gluten Free makes me happy. This was very good, but it had a different texture than I expected. Next time I may toss in some potato starch or tapioca flour to get the consistency that I'm looking for. Thank you for the fantastic start!
Coating is just enough for 1 1/2 lbs of catfish nuggets. Make sure to dip in milk - if you don't the cornmeal coating will be too dry and won't even cook. Go easy on thyme - is strong. Make sure not to over cook fish. Pull out nuggets once they start to curl. Even husband who is not crazy about fish couldn't stop eating these! And SO MUCH more healthy than fried!!!
We made this exactly they way it is described and possibly the best catfish I have ever had! We will add this to our regular meals, since my husband is the fisherman.
Don't forget to spray before putting in the oven. Just a warning as I saw other's note this and I almost forgot! This fish is about the best I've ever had. Turned out just like it was fried in oil without the greasiness! Nice and crispy. I invited my husband's friend to eat with us, a true country boy, and he was floored at how good this was and how I cooked it. Easy clean-up too! Thanks! This one has been filed in my special recipe box in the kitchen.
I loved the preparation for this fish, but did find it lacking in flavor. I even added cayenne to the seasonsing, but it wasn't enough. I plan to try cajun seasoning next time. What I liked was that it did crisp up in the oven and the breading never falls off. Will definitely make again, but just need to get the season right.
I gave this recipe 3 stars because the method of preparing the fish was wonderful, but neither my husband nor myself cared for the spices in the breading. The fish was moist and flaky, and the breading crisped up very nicely in about 25 minutes. I may try it this way again, but will adjust the seasonings to our tastes. We didn't care for the thyme, and it was a little too peppery for me, although my husband liked the pepper.
I followed the directions exactly, but these just didn't turn out for us. The spices were fine, but the texture was nothing like fried catfish. Too bad, I was looking for an easier way to "fry" catfish.
Good blend of spices for fish. It didn't get crispy for me but i still enjoyed it very much. Perhaps I didn't use the correct amount of cooking spray. However, I will make this again.
I followed the entire recipe and it was DELICIOUS!
I love this recipe. I know enough about cooking to know that I should choose my own seasonings to fit my taste and adjust cooking time to fit how well cooked I like my fish. I had very large fillets that took about 25 minutes to cook. The basic recipe is a great guide. For those who said the seasoning was off or their fish was not cooked after the time in the recipe should allow for that in their review. Cook error is always going to happen. But it is not because of the recipe per se but an inexperienced cook. Because my fish did not cook in the time in the recipe, I turned the oven down to 375 and cooked for an additional ten minutes. Not once but twice I had perfectly flavored fish that was cooked to MY liking. I also used cornmeal which I would use if I deep fried my fish, which is how I usually cook it. Just as crisp without all of the added absorbed oil.
very easy to prepare and I couldn't even taste the difference between this and fried catfish other than that this isn't at all greasy like fried catfish. It's a Wonderful recipe that I have added to my own collection of favorites!
good - could be a little more spicy
This was soooo good. Perfect. Tastes just like the steak house catfish at a restaruant by us, but its NOT fried! Yay! Turned out with a crispy crust and tender insides. Yum.
Wow, was this good! Super easy and I love how crispy it came out. I did not find the coating too salty as others did - it was perfect. I didn't even need sauce, although next time I might squirt some fresh lemon juice over my fillets. Leftovers were yummy, even if the bottoms did get a little soggy. This one will be made often!
I liked this, although I modified it to my liking. I'm not a big fan of corn meal so I made a mix of flour, bread crumbs with a bit of corn meal. I didn't measure, just threw some in there. I added salt, pepper, garlic, creole seasoning and parsley flakes. I then used catfish nuggets! Turned out well and I'll be using it for a fish taco =9
OMGosh this was SO good!!! I didn't have celery seed so skipped it so I'm not sure exactly what is was supposed to taste like but it was amazing as it was. I might add some cayenne to spice it up next time (tonight) mmmmm, yummy!! Thank you & 5 WWPP points that tastes like fried catfish. Beat that!! Dieters/healthy eaters miss NOTHING!
I was not crazy about the cornmeal altho it was nice and crisp. This was very bland in my opinion - the cornmeal flavor overrode all the spices. Needs some hot sauce in the milk or cayenne in the cornmeal mix. I will stick with the cajun baked catfish (AR) it is very flavorful with no cornmeal. Thanks.
I thought it had to much of an herb flavor.
This was good. I am from New Orleans and my family always give a fish fry and serve potato salad. However, next time I will use some creole season to season the fish. I think it will give that nice kick that I am used to. I would also probably use 1/2 teaspoon of thyme next time. My fish came out very pretty. I am to lazy to post a picture, but do try.
I am eating this as I write and it is a plate of crunchy goodness. A squeeze of lime completes the taste. I love the fact it is healthier then frying and tastes just as good. I did put the fish on a rack and set that in a cookie sheet, so the heat circulated around the fish and the bottom wasn't all soggy. I would like to try mixing panco crumbs with the cornmeal to see if I can get it Even crispier. Thank you, I will make this again!!
Loved it! This recipe is a keeper in our house. Thank you!
I loved this! I love southern fried catfish, but I cannot get it where I live and I hate frying fish at home. This was the perfect remedy for my craving. I used hot hungarian paprika, added 1/2 tsp of dry coleman's mustard and no salt to the corn meal. Perfect. I'll be trying this on other fish when I cant get catfish!
A little disappointed with the final result, considering the rave reviews this recipe has been given. The "savory kick" in the coating was definitely lacking flavor, and rather than crispy was down right hard, although the fish was still moist and flaky after cooking for about 12 minutes.
I didn't make any changes and it was delicious!
Loved the idea of oven-fried, wasn't thrilled with the taste. I should have added more seasoning. So much of my coating was the cornmeal and we are used to eating blackened catfish with straight up heavy seasoning right on the fish (with no breading). Also, when we reheated the extra fish the next day, the cornmeal made a big mess in the microwave. But, still really liked the idea of this dish and it certainly had the appearance of breaded, deep fried fish fillets without the deep frying, so it might be right up your alley, just not ours.
This is a very good, healthier version. Might add a pinch more salt next time, thanks for the recipe.
Great recipe! I rarely make fish but I tried this and the whole fam loved it! I used half bread crumbs/corn meal. great blend of spices!
It was a bit too peppery..will try to make again though and use less pepper.
Very good - very easy. Loved the difference of cornmeal as opposed to bread crumbs. dredging in milk really kept the fish moist and the effect was perfect!
The recipe was very easy to make. I don't eat fish, but my fiance absolutely loved it!!! He said he didn't even need to drench the fish in ranch dressing or ketchup as he does with most meat he eats. That in itself makes this recipe a winner. The only changes I made: I marinated the fish in the seasonings and some lemon juice for a couple of hours (b/c I wound up having to run out as I was starting to prepare it), but I omitted the salt. Instead of plain cornmeal, I rolled the fish in Louisiana fish fry and baked it with onions on top.
This is a good recipe because it's so quick.... not the best, but worth it for the time saver.
Quick, easy and yummy! My kids loved this tasty fish dish! Thanks will be making this often.
The seasoning was just right! My family couldn't get enough! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :D
I really like this recipe....and so do my parents. It's easy to make and yummy. My Dad likes it with mac and cheese (I just do a simple Velveeta/butter/milk sauce) and a veggie....peas or corn. Thanks for sharing!
We made this for supper tonite and found it pretty bland and tasteless. I think it could have used more salt or something. my wife thought it was too peppery. for the price of catfish, I won't use this one again!
I made this dish and BF and I thought it was great. Had to cook my fish longer because they were more than 1 lb. each and had to make extra coating but it turned out fantastic. Also didn't have corn meal on hand but had Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix - which made it a bit sweet - which I would rather it not be, but it worked. The seasonings were absolutely perfect!!!! Thank you for a great recipe!
This was a bit spicy for our taste, but not bad. I didn't have celery seed, so I used celery salt instead of table salt. I also forgot to spray with PAM before baking. I cooked it for about 20 minutes, turning it up to 450 for the last 5 minutes. Both sides got very crunchy. May be better with some flour mixed in though. Even my son that doesn't like fish gobbled this up, must be a keeper!
I didn't follow any of the measurements exactly so I can't really comment as to the amount of seasoning but this fish turned out really good. I've never had catfish any other way except fried but this baked catfish was super easy to make at home and just as tasty. I enjoyed that it wasn't really greasy as well. Serve it up with some ketchup and did in!
I was wanting to fry catfish but really wasn't in the mood for the grease, I found this recipe and it turned out great! I'm from the south and I must say that this recipe is really good. Thanks
I love my fried catfish, but I dislike the oven fried catfish, it wasnt the best i ever tasted.
AMAZING! Within 45 minutes of beginning this recipe we were sitting around the table. Neither of our boys is crazy about catfish (or any other kind of fish), but they BOTH suggested we make this one again! A squeeze of fresh lemon at the table was the perfect finish!
I halved the recipe, and followed it exactly, except I didn't have Celery seed. It came out delicious. I'll make it again.
I took the other reviews into account but still didn't find it flavorful enough. Thanks for sharing, I will try adding some more spices the next time.
Very easy and tasty. Even my kids liked it. I followed the recipe exactly, although on one piece I sprinkled a little Old Bay on because my husband loves it.
Very Good... I addd 1 Tbsp. Cajun Seasoning for that extra kick.... If I could do more that 5 stars I would..
I made this receipe for dinner tonight. I had never had Cat Fish in my life and I am 58 years old. We love this receipe and will have it again. I made it exactly as the receipe called. The fish was so great. I did bake it for 20 min.
Great catfish recipe.
Very good recipe. I dipped the fish in egg instead of milk and turned out just fine. Can be a little bit on the salty side do I would be careful with that. Also, for someone who does not like the fishy taste this might not be your favorite. Adding a dash of lemon helped with the fishiness. I don't mind the fishy flavor. That's what they're supppose to taste!! Very easy recipe! Worth the try and re doing.
Really the best oven baked fish I've every tried. I was out of milk, so I lightly brushed the fillets with mayo. These didn't even need a dipping sauce.
I made this recipe using fresh and local catfish, but omitted the celery seed and thyme (I didn't have them on hand since we just moved). I coated the fillets with flour, then dipped in milk and then coated with the seasoning (this keeps the seasoning/corn meal on better, and it did stay on and looked great). The flavor though I thought was pretty bland. White fish needs all the help it can get IMO. If I make this again I would double everything but the cornmeal and catfish and make sure I had a good dipping sauce such as tartar sauce.
AWESOME AND EASY!! Tastes like fried catfish, so nice and crisp perfect fish! It took longer than 15 mins but Im guessing my fish was just thicker!
This really WAS great! I never measure spices, just look at it in your hand and you will probably be close enough....I did add some creole seasoning and used almost a cup of cornmeal-however-I cut my catfish into small chunks.
Used too much oil, try with less and broil at end if not crunchy enough
Such an easy way to get the fried taste without all the effort and calories.
Best catfish recipe ever! Used panko for half of the corn meal.
I sought out this recipe after seeing an ad for catfish on sale at my local market. When I got there they didn’t have catfish so I bought flounder instead. This recipe works great with flounder. The fish came out crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. I loved the texture and the taste. I did follow the advice of other reviewers and I cut the salt in half. This recipe is a keeper.
I added a little chipotle red pepper to give it a bit of a kick. Good recipe!
Pretty tasty, but I'm going to keep looking for a favorite catfish recipe.
Great recipe. I have prepared this fish twice in one week. No oil, no grease. Just flaky healthy fish.
My southern-fried husband loved it!
Flavorful, but not particularly awesome or good for company. Recipe should mention to flip the fish so that each side is crispy. Calories were right for those of us who are watching our weight. Would I make it again? Maybe, though doubtful, but if I did, it would be with major modifications. Thank you for the opportunity to try it. I might also add that we had .85 lbs of fish for the two of us. We adjusted the recipe for the breading in half. We still had about 1/4 lb of cooked fish for leftovers. My husband says he'll eat it for leftovers, but that remains to be seen.
Husband liked it, but next time I will not bread the underside as it was a little to moist for me.
Good quick oven baked fish.
This was very yummy and easy. I too, cut the salt in half and it was plenty. Will make again.
I made this recipe for my husband tonight. He gave me a high 5 during dinner! He praised the texture, flavor, and how quick it took to cook. He said if he hadn't seen me put it in the oven, he'd have sworn it was restaurant made! I used 2 fairly large catfish fillets used all of the seasonings except for the thyme (I didn't have any), celery salt instead of seed, NO SALT, and I used 1 full tsp of the listed seasonings. I also added a dash or 2 of cajun seasoning on top of each fillet, as was suggested in another review. I will DEFINATELY be making this one again!
I didn't have any cornmeal so I used bread crumbs instead. Turned out beautifully. Perfect mix of spices.
Fabulous! Great alternative to frying. My husband is a very picky eater and is very reluctant to try fish (especially catfish) anyway but fried and he loved this dish! My daughter also loved it! I will definatley fix this dish again! I didn't change a thing. Perfect seasoning.
This is a wonderful recipe! This is the first time I ever cooked a breaded fish. I loved the idea of baking a fish in the oven instead of frying it over the stove. What a healthy alternative! The fish turned out to be moist and flaky. My wife enjoyed it too. I will definitely make this again.
Great Recipe. I added some Cayenne, chili powder and fresh ground red pepper flakes because we like it spicy. Also, I used breadcrumbs rather than cornmeal. It came out really crispy and delicious. Served with rice and asparagus.
My husband and I are from the South and we know how unhealthy these foods can be. We are always looking for healthy alternatives to these comfort foods. I was skeptical when I was making this recipe and thought my family might not like it. I was wrong! My husband and kids LOVED this recipe!!!!! We were fighting over the last pieces. Note, I did increase the oven to 450 degrees and I used catfish pieces instead of filets. Thumbs up!
We really liked this fish. Much healthier then fried and it tastes better.
Fantastic! Better than fried. I only had 2% milk and added an egg to it as one reviewer suggested. I also added 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs to the breading. Can't wait to make this again!
I use it for nuggets instead of filets. It takes twice as much mix, but it turns out great!
This was really good. I've always fried my catfish and this just a better way to eat it without losing any of the fried effect. Love it and will make it again for sure as a favorite. Thanks for sharing!
This was decent, but very dry. The coating was crunchy, but I guess I missed the flavor and moistness of fried fish. It was healthier though, which made me feel better about the cheddar bay biscuits I served with it.
This is a great recipe! You won't miss any of the deep-fried aspects...the texture and flavor are great!! Thanks so much!
My family loved this! My pickiest eater said it was "awesome"! I made nuggets instead of fillets. If you do this I recommend doubling the breading. This recipe is a keeper, will definitely be making it again and again.
Very good! I actually had to bake my fish for 25 minutes because it was so thick. But it came out fantastic!!! Will definitely make this again.
This Fish was very Great! Nice and Crispy, I would use this as a recipe for entertaining friends. Taste as good as a restaurant fillet.