Kid-Friendly Catfish Sticks


My first attempt at deep-fried fish sticks.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound catfish fillets, cut into 1 1/2x4-inch sticks

  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups oil for frying, or as needed

  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Place fish in a bowl and pour in Italian dressing; marinate in the refrigerator, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan.

  3. Mix flour, cornmeal, paprika, garlic powder, lemon-pepper seasoning, and pepper together in a resealable bag. Pour beaten eggs into a separate resealable bag.

  4. Remove catfish from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Drop catfish into the bag with eggs and shake to coat. Remove a few catfish at a time from eggs using tongs and transfer to flour mixture; shake to coat.

  5. Cook catfish, working in batches, in the hot oil until fish float to the top and are cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove cooked fish with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Season fish sticks with salt while still warm.

Cook's Note:

For a spicy adult flavor, I would substitute blackened seasoning for the listed seasonings above.

Editor's Notes:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
25g Fat
34g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1315mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 274mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.