Shelli's Lemon Pepper Catfish Recipe -
Shelli's Lemon Pepper Catfish Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Shelli's Lemon Pepper Catfish

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"Catfish in a tangy lemon butter sauce."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir green onions, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper in the hot oil until vegetables are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir lemon juice and 1/4 cup brown sugar into green onion mixture, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes more.
  2. Place catfish fillets into the skillet; cook until catfish easily flakes with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer catfish to a plate and pour remaining lemon juice sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2012

This is so good! I didn't have any brown sugar so I left it out and I also didn't have green onion so I used regular white onion and added just a pinch of paprika instead which added a little kick to it! With out the sugar the lemon stands out but I served it over plain white rice to balance out the intense flavors. Overall, delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2015

Way too sweet for my wife and I.


13 Ratings

Jul 06, 2012

Delicious! I didn't use the garlic and brown sugar because I didn't have time to go to the store, but it was still good and the family loved it!

Dec 05, 2012

This is an awesome recipe. I followed the recipe exactly. My husband said that it was perfectly seasoned.

May 19, 2015

This is unbelievably great! Was looking for a non breaded/fried catfish recipe for my health conscious boys and this was fantastic! Plenty of flavor even without the lemon and sugar at the end. Used minced white onions instead of the green like other reviewers did. Made it x6 to accommodate the big Costco pack and worked perfectly!

Jan 04, 2015

I followed this recipe because I wanted to try cooking catfish without deep frying it. This recipe was really easy to follow and the taste was absolutely amazing. I will definitely keep it and use it again. Bravo!!

Sep 18, 2014

We had this recipe tonight. It is fantastic. Make sure you add enough pepper. I peppered both sides of the cat fish also. I also used a yellow onion chopped small. I had chopped garlic in a jar so I put in a heaping tablespoon. Serve with rice and corn. Put rice on plate, add some pan juices, add cat fish on top then add more pan juices from pan on fish then put corn on top. Oh it is so yummy. I can't wait to have it again.

Jul 21, 2014

Really good! The sauce goes really well with the fish. I did a lot of compromising but it was still great! No words, just try it!


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  • Calories
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 13.3 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 309 mg
  • 12%

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

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