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: 4.5 stars 28
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 stars 66
This dish tastes just like the authentic version except it's lower in calories and fat and is a quick recipe to make.
By dakota kelly

Catfish Saint James

Rating: 4 stars 46
Easy and delicious baked catfish. The key is to marinate the filets overnight.

Cajun Catfish Supreme

Rating: 4.5 stars 142
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: 4.5 stars 57
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 stars 20
This will settle that Cajun craving. My husband asks for this repeatedly. He never gets tired of it!!

Southern Fried Catfish

Rating: 4.5 stars 127
Buttermilk-marinated catfish fried in a light and crispy cornmeal batter.

Lemon Pepper Catfish

Rating: 4 stars 75
This is the best way to cook catfish. If you love fish, you will just love this recipe.

Cajun Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
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: 4.5 stars 18
Chunks of golden brown, crispy catfish! Serve with ketchup or tartar sauce.

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

Rating: 4.5 stars 505
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.

Air Fryer Catfish Nuggets

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Crispy fried catfish without the guilt of deep frying. Serve with tartar or cocktail sauce for dipping.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pan-Fried Blackened Red Snapper
Rating: Unrated 5
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.
Oven-Fried Catfish
Rating: Unrated 324
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.
Catfish Po Boy
Rating: 4.5 stars 10

Crispy fried catfish is piled into hoagie rolls and topped with tangy coleslaw for this authentic Po Boy sandwich.