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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

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  • In a shallow dish, stir together the cornmeal, paprika, thyme, salt, celery seed, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Dip the catfish fillets in milk, then place them into the cornmeal mixture and coat liberally; place on the greased baking sheet. Coat the tops of the fillets with cooking spray until wet.

  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 11g 4% DV; fat 9g 14% DV; cholesterol 53.8mg 18% DV; sodium 458.5mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2008
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
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/17/2011
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. Read More
(8)
329 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 190
  • 4 star values: 83
  • 3 star values: 34
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
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
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2009
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/17/2011
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. Read More
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