Catfish Recipes

From traditional southern fried catfish to healthy baked catfish dishes, you'll love our top rated recipes.

Staff Picks

Carrie's Catfish Larue

Rating: 4.52 stars
Something new to do with catfish besides deep frying it! A yummy blend of tomatoes and italian seasonings make this a mild fish dish. Great if you don't care for that sometimes overpowering catfish taste. For a stronger fish flavor, try making the sauce separately and serving over grilled catfish!

Catfish Creole

Rating: 4.15 stars
This dish tastes just like the authentic version except it's lower in calories and fat and is a quick recipe to make.

Catfish Saint James

Rating: 4.04 stars
Easy and delicious baked catfish. The key is to marinate the filets overnight.

Cajun Catfish Supreme

Rating: 4.49 stars
I entered this recipe in a large neighborhood Cajun party contest, and won first prize. It is an unusual, but delicious way of preparing catfish.
By Lu

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.

Catfish Etouffee

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

Southern Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.57 stars
Fried catfish is a Southern tradition, along with buttermilk hush puppies and buttermilk coleslaw. Try these traditional foods together.

Lemon Pepper Catfish

Rating: 4.25 stars
This is the best way to cook catfish. If you love fish, you will just love this recipe.

Fried Catfish Nuggets

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

Cajun Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.62 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.

Air Fryer Catfish Nuggets

Crispy fried catfish without the guilt of deep frying. Serve with tartar or cocktail sauce for dipping.

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.

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Barlow's Blackened Catfish
"Amazing. Baked for 15 minutes and it came out perfect!" – fox_ebooks

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!