Main Dish Catfish Recipes

Creole catfish, blackened catfish, fried catfish, and catfish etouffee are just a few of our 40+ trusted catfish recipes to try.

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Will's Spicy New Orleans Catfish Fries

Rating: 4.53 stars
Discovered this recipe while I was a consultant to one of the long time landmark New Orleans restaurants 20 years ago. It's still my all-time favorite catfish recipe and I have closely guarded the recipe till now. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.

Choctaw Catfish

Rating: 4 stars
I developed this when the catfish was plentiful in the summer!

Creole Mexican Catfish

Rating: 4.13 stars
This is a dish that combines the spicy flavors of Creole cooking with a zesty touch of Mexican to create a Creole-Mexican cream sauce that tops catfish deliciously.

Catfish Etouffee

Rating: 4.19 stars
This will settle that Cajun craving. My husband asks for this repeatedly. He never gets tired of it!!

Pan Fried Catfish Filets

Rating: 3.95 stars
Lightly fried and very flavorful. Sure to please all. Serve with lemon wedges and homemade tartar sauce.

Southern Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.56 stars
Fried catfish is a Southern tradition, along with buttermilk hush puppies and buttermilk coleslaw. Try these traditional foods together.

Cajun Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.63 stars
This is a recipe that I obtained from a very good Cajun friend who is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. His family adopted me (friendly) many years ago and we have swapped Cajun and Creole recipes through the years.

Fried Catfish Nuggets

Rating: 4.75 stars
Chunks of golden brown, crispy catfish! Serve with ketchup or tartar sauce.

Oven-Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.32 stars
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.

Pan-Fried Blackened Red Snapper

Rating: 5 stars
This is a recipe that I came up with one night after finding some red snapper in the freezer. It can also be done with catfish, flounder, perch, or pretty much any white fish. Remember that the thinner the fillet, the shorter the cook time.

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.39 stars
Cajun catfish served up with just the right touch of spices and flavor. This entree is perfect for a quick, excellent way to taste the unique flavor of catfish mixed with the traditional method of down south cooking, just without all the fat. Serve on top of white rice.

Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.38 stars
I have served this to many a friend from the South, and it is always a winner! Serve with coleslaw and oven-baked french fries, and you'll have a healthy, tasty meal!

Inspiration and Ideas

Herb Baked Catfish
Rating: Unrated
Catfish covered in a variety of herbs and butter sauce.
Blackened Catfish and Spicy Rice
Rating: Unrated
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.

Seared Catfish Creole

Rating: 4.72 stars

A fast and easy but tasty and delicious catfish preparation with bite. You can vary the recipe by adding a layer of honey or using honey mustard. Also great with tuna!