Barlow's Blackened Catfish Recipe -
Barlow's Blackened Catfish Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Barlow's Blackened Catfish

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
  2. In a shallow, medium bowl, mix cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Brush both sides of catfish fillets with butter. Rub fillets with the cayenne pepper mixture on both sides.
  4. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until really hot. Add fillets, and fry approximately 2 minutes on each side, until slightly blackened.
  5. Arrange blackened fillets in a single layer in the prepared baking dish, and coat with Italian-style salad dressing. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 10, 2005

This was a fantastic recipe, but fairly spicy, and I even decreased the amount of cayenne pepper by 1/2 teaspoon. If you can't handle really spicy food, I'd suggest using about 3/4 teaspoon total cayenne pepper. After reading reviews, I also only used a dash of salt and black pepper instead of the full amount called for, and seared the fillets in olive oil instead of butter. NOTE: Make sure that when you do the blackening part, you do it in a well ventilated area. There is a lot of smoke and strong vapors from the pepper, so be careful. I served this with corn on the cob, hush puppies, and honey roasted red potatoes (recipe found on this site). Absolutely delicious, will definitely be making this one again. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 31, 2006

Although good, I had to make some modifications to the dish (thank goodness I read the reviews first!). First, I used only half of the cayenne pepper called for and 1/4 tsp of salt (thought that was still almost too much considering other additions that I made). I added 1.5 tsp of Old Bay, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp of creole seasoning, 1 dash of seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp of Blackened Seasoning, and 2 tsp onion powder. I used olive oil to coat the fillets instead of butter and used just enough italian dressing to lightly coat the fillets (maybe a teaspoon for each fillet, it helps to keep the fish from drying out.) Make sure that you open the windows during the blackening process, as stated in earlier reviews! Even the dog left me in the kitchen when the smoke got thick! I served it on top of some old-fashioned dirty rice, and my boyfriend really enjoyed it. He had the rest for lunch and it was even hotter the next day! He claimed that he had to sit on a wet towel to cool off! Overall, the recipe is a great starting point for blackened catfish.

Mar 16, 2006

My husband does not like fish, but he cleans his plate every time I make this! I have tried this with several other kinds of fish (cod, tilapia), but the catfish tastes the best. I follow the recipe exactly, except I never have lemon pepper, so I squeeze fresh lemon over the filets. I also brush the filets with dijon mustard after I coat them with salad dressing. It adds a delicious zing. Also, if you don't like things really spicy, you can cut the cayenne pepper in half and just use a little more garlic powder to make up for it. I usually serve this with a tossed salad and some Zatarin's jumbalaya rice with diced kielbasa.

Jan 09, 2008

This is my first try at blackened anything. I had a bad experience years ago when it first became popular but I had a taste of my niece's at a restaurant lately and have been wanting to have more ever since. I used Zatarins Blackened Seasoning and added the garlic powder. I also used the fresh lemon juice. I used a combo of olive oil and butter to sear the fillets and didn't use the salad dressing at all. It made a delicious sauce as it baked and it only needed 15 minutes to bake. They were almost done after the hot searing. I served it over plain rice with steamed carrots on the side. My husband who is picky about seafood loved it. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

Feb 13, 2006

Wonderful! The only modification I would make is only to add only 1 tsp of salt. Also, I saw one reviewer below that made a comment of this being too salty, but she used garlic salt - make sure to use garlic "powder". We like it spicy, so the spice was perfect.

Jul 09, 2006

I read the reviews prior to using this recipe. On previous attempts I used the spice sold by that famous New Orleans chef for blackened fish but found it blah. I followed this recipe to the letter on Halibut (I couldn’t get catfish) and found it absolutely excellent. So simple but the combination of spices brought out the beautiful spicy flavor associated with blackened fish. Don’t change a thing. Use as directed!

Nov 20, 2006

This is one spicy dish, but we love spicy food, so that was fine. Well, at least I love it, and Jeanne puts up with it. First, I think for one pound of fish, you could cut the spices in half, one teaspoon of each should be plenty. I use two, and had a lot left over, and I really coated the fish. Second, as someone else mentioned, watch out for the fumes when frying. Open the windows, and turn on the exhust fan, you are going to need it. The secret to this recipe is of course the Italian dressing. It seems to take away some of the heat, but still leaves a nice bite and great flavor. I will be doing this one again, perhaps with a differant fish next time.

Sep 17, 2003

Simple and could be tasty - but WAY TOO MUCH SALT! If I make again, I will eliminate the 2 teaspoons salt, since lemon pepper and the dressing is already salty. Also, 1 cup of Italian dressing is wasteful, I believe a simple drizzle over the fillets would suffice.


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  • Calories
  • 368 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 29.8 g
  • 46%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 17.4 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 2478 mg
  • 99%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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