Quick and easy blackened catfish recipe. I like to serve this over a Cajun flavored spicy white rice. Although the rice is optional, the slightly spicy Cajun flavor of the rice brings out the taste of the catfish.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the rice, water, Cajun seasoning, and hot pepper sauce to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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  • While rice is cooking, mix thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dill weed, and lemon pepper in a bowl until well blended. Brush catfish fillets with butter and sprinkle with seasoning mixture other both sides.

  • Heat any remaining melted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; pan-fry seasoned catfish in butter until fish is easily flaked with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  • Serve catfish over a plate of seasoned rice. Pour leftover butter from the skillet over fish and sprinkle with lemon juice.

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Nutrition Facts

539.3 calories; 21.2 g protein; 40.6 g carbohydrates; 113.6 mg cholesterol; 972.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
Every one loved even though it was super hot! I think next time I'll try cutting back on the spices slightly. I added some extra virgin olive oil to the butter and cut the amount of butter in half. I also used Tilapia instead of the catfish because that's what I had on hand. I also added a bag of jumbo shrimp already deveined but with the tails on. For the side I had asparagus. I placed the tilapia and shrimp together on a baking sheet on tin foil and the asparagus to the side of it but in the same pan. I baked in a 400 degree F. preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. The rice I had pre-made and reheated back up in a steamer container in the microwave (took about 4 minutes) and timed it so every thing would be done at the same time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/14/2013
This just didn't work for us. The flavors just seemed off. Read More
34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
Every one loved even though it was super hot! I think next time I'll try cutting back on the spices slightly. I added some extra virgin olive oil to the butter and cut the amount of butter in half. I also used Tilapia instead of the catfish because that's what I had on hand. I also added a bag of jumbo shrimp already deveined but with the tails on. For the side I had asparagus. I placed the tilapia and shrimp together on a baking sheet on tin foil and the asparagus to the side of it but in the same pan. I baked in a 400 degree F. preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. The rice I had pre-made and reheated back up in a steamer container in the microwave (took about 4 minutes) and timed it so every thing would be done at the same time. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
Every one loved even though it was super hot! I think next time I'll try cutting back on the spices slightly. I added some extra virgin olive oil to the butter and cut the amount of butter in half. I also used Tilapia instead of the catfish because that's what I had on hand. I also added a bag of jumbo shrimp already deveined but with the tails on. For the side I had asparagus. I placed the tilapia and shrimp together on a baking sheet on tin foil and the asparagus to the side of it but in the same pan. I baked in a 400 degree F. preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. The rice I had pre-made and reheated back up in a steamer container in the microwave (took about 4 minutes) and timed it so every thing would be done at the same time. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2012
Loved the "rub" and the rice was a huge hit too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
I was not expecting this to be anything special but after the first bite I found I was in for a surprise! My picky husband and I have very different tastes and we both LOVED this dish--he said it's one of the best things I've ever cooked (I consider myself a decent cook). I came on looking for a different recipe for blackened catfish that we use whenever we find catfish on sale stumbled on this recipe and I don't think we'll ever go back to the other recipe! I did only use about 3 Tbs butter and that was plenty. High marks from our house! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2014
This recipe makes more rub than is needed for the 4 filets (16 oz.) I wanted to cook. The blend of seasonings was very good but it was too much heat for us even with reducing the pepper and cayenne to 3/4 t. (Next time will reduce to 1/2 t and use less salt.) I coated the filets with 1/4c melted butter sprinkled the rub on both sides then baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins. Part way through I turned the fish drizzled with the remaining butter and finished baking until flaky. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2013
Wonderful! My wife finished her plate and that's the first time that's happened when I serve fish. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2014
This came out well - simple for even a novice. They just have to keep an eye on the fish so it turns out flakey and moist. Will use some Extra-light Olive Oil when cooking the fish and halve the butter next time. There will still be enough butter after basting the fillets to add to the pan to help impart that smoothness. It was good and all but we like to use a lot of pan sauce over the rice and fish and it was very buttery. Using the Extra-light OO would cut some of the extra calories and such yet still allow the great flavors to come through. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2013
This was surprisingly amazing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/22/2020
I never got a chance to take a picture, the Meal was a hit, even had a family member take a container with Rice and fish back to their home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2016
The fish was very well received if a little greasy and the rice needed a bit of butter. All in all this is a new family favorite! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/14/2013
This just didn't work for us. The flavors just seemed off. Read More