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18 of the Best Catfish Dishes to Put on Your Dinner Table

FEBRUARY 23, 2023
18 of the Best Catfish Dishes to Put on Your Dinner Table
Catfish is a tasty, mild-flavored fish that can be prepared in a variety of ways. From pan-frying to baking, and even deep-frying, there are so many delicious ways to prepare the fish. Here, we bring you a collection of the best catfish dishes from around the world. With 18 different recipes, there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a quick dinner, a special dinner for two, or a dinner party dish, you're sure to find something in this list. Each recipe has been tried and tested in our kitchen to make sure it’s as delicious as it can be. So take a look and let the catfish cooking begin!
Grandbaby Cakes

Fried Catfish Recipe

This classic southern fried catfish recipe is dredged in a perfectly seasoned and spiced cornmeal breading and fried until golden brown and tender.
60
14,125
68
40 min
TOTAL TIME
186
CALORIES
$1.11
PER SERVING
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Fried Catfish Recipe
Better Homes and Gardens

Southern Style "Fried" Catfish and Green Beans

Enjoy the flavors of the South in this better-for-you catfish and green beans dish. Thanks to the air fryer, you'll be able to eat a hearty, home-cooked meal in less than 30 minutes.
2
585
36
25 min
TOTAL TIME
410
CALORIES
$2.15
PER SERVING
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Southern Style "Fried" Catfish and Green Beans
Cooking Therapy

Vietnamese Caramelized Catfish

This dish includes catfish braised in fish sauce and soy sauce served over a bed of rice.
14
2
40 min
TOTAL TIME
137
CALORIES
$2.13
PER SERVING
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Vietnamese Caramelized Catfish
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Biscuits and Burlap

Catfish with Lemon Thyme Sauce

Catfish filets are pan fried and then topped with a creamy lemon thyme sauce. 
6
38
262
CALORIES
$1.81
PER SERVING
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Catfish with Lemon Thyme Sauce
The Cooking Bride

Shrimp Stuffed Catfish Fillets

Catfish fillets are stuffed with a savory mixture of cornbread, onions, celery and succulent shrimp. Top them with a crispy golden brown mixture of buttery Panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
71
3
35 min
TOTAL TIME
738
CALORIES
$3.38
PER SERVING
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Shrimp Stuffed Catfish Fillets
Bowl of Delicious

Four Ingredient Oven Fried Catfish

All you need are four ingredients and 20 minutes for the easiest southern style oven fried catfish ever! Slightly spicy, super crispy on the outside, and tender and flaky on the inside. Gluten free, healthy, and great on its own or in a sandwich!
6
357
41
20 min
TOTAL TIME
416
CALORIES
$2.79
PER SERVING
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Four Ingredient Oven Fried Catfish
Featured Recipe
Cooklist AI

Golden Southern Catfish

Experience a taste of the South with our Golden Southern Catfish recipe. The catfish fillets are coated with a flavorful cornmeal breading and fried to perfection. Served with lemon wedges and a side of tartar sauce, it's the ultimate Southern-style fish dish.
1
24 min
TOTAL TIME
326
CALORIES
$2.32
PER SERVING
Golden Southern Catfish
Directions
9 STEPS
1
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the yellow cornmeal, all-purpose flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, and paprika.
2
In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce.
3
Dip each catfish fillet into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
4
Place the coated fillets in the bag with the cornmeal mixture and shake until completely covered.
5
Set the breaded fillets on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
6
In a large pot or deep fryer, heat 4 inches of oil to 340°F.
7
Working in batches, carefully lower the catfish fillets into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, roughly 3-4 minutes per side.
8
Remove the fried catfish from the oil and drain on a wire rack or paper towels.
9
Let the catfish cool for 5 minutes, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.
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Grandbaby Cakes

Pineapple Honey Bourbon Grilled Catfish

Pineapple Honey Bourbon Grilled Catfish - A simple yet flavorful summer grilled fish recipe made with just a few ingredients including Lawry’s honey bourbon marinade. It is perfect for work days or weekend entertaining!
8
2,347
38
40 min
TOTAL TIME
190
CALORIES
$2.25
PER SERVING
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Pineapple Honey Bourbon Grilled Catfish
The Seasoned Mom

Crispy Southern Fried Catfish

Simple is best, and this Southern Fried Catfish is no exception. The easy dinner recipe only requires a handful of pantry staples and it's ready in less than 20 minutes!!!
3
544
77
15 min
TOTAL TIME
504
CALORIES
$2.56
PER SERVING
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Crispy Southern Fried Catfish
Easy Campfire Recipes

Beer-Battered Catfish

Crispy, deep-fried beer battered catfish is a great way to avoid yet another batch of cornmeal-crusted catfish fillets.
1
5
1
20 min
TOTAL TIME
525
CALORIES
$4.29
PER SERVING
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Beer-Battered Catfish
Edible Communities

Easy Blackened Catfish

An easy blackened catfish recipe. There’s nothing like a fish supper in the summertime after a lucky fishing trip!
25 min
TOTAL TIME
69
CALORIES
$0.80
PER SERVING
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Easy Blackened Catfish
Clean Eating

Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad

While poaching mild-flavored catfish in orange juice will help infuse this dish with a citrus fragrance, it's actually the orange zest that provides an intensely aromatic character.
25 min
TOTAL TIME
247
CALORIES
$1.57
PER SERVING
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Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad
Cookmorphosis

Caramelized Catfish Clay Pot

Lip smacking catfish cooked in tasty caramelized sauce which is made of three incredible ingredients .
11
45 min
TOTAL TIME
739
CALORIES
$4.00
PER SERVING
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Caramelized Catfish Clay Pot
HyVee

Blackened Cajun Whole Catfish

Look for Responsible Choice whole catfish at Hy-Vee. To prepare, mix together a homemade seasoning using this recipe or pick up a Cajun seasoning blend in the spice aisle.
37
12
30 min
TOTAL TIME
469
CALORIES
$2.24
PER SERVING
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Blackened Cajun Whole Catfish
Clean Eating

Spiced Catfish

This clean catfish recipe is coated in cornmeal and fried, but its naturally sweet flesh works perfectly with a simple sprinkling of spicy chile powder.
45 min
TOTAL TIME
679
CALORIES
$5.32
PER SERVING
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Spiced Catfish
Cooking Contest Central

Cornmeal-Coated Fried Catfish

While the oil is still hot in your Dutch oven from preparing the hush puppies, it’s time to deep fry some catfish! Serve this Cornmeal-Coated Fried Catfish with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a side of those delicious Jalapeno Hush Puppies!
100
19
15 min
TOTAL TIME
551
CALORIES
$4.54
PER SERVING
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Cornmeal-Coated Fried Catfish
Amazing Ribs

Citrus Grilled Blackened Catfish with Charred Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

Citrus slices are the secret to perfectly grilled fish in this flavorful recipe for blackened catfish with charred lemon cream sauce.
48
45
28
30 min
TOTAL TIME
367
CALORIES
$2.80
PER SERVING
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Citrus Grilled Blackened Catfish with Charred Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe
The Kitchen Divas

Smoked Catfish

Smoked Catfish is flavorful and easy to make. This healthy meal is the perfection combination of sweet, spicy, and smoky.
11
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
424
CALORIES
$2.60
PER SERVING
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Smoked Catfish
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