Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish Recipe -
Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish

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"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!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 13x9 glass baking dish with the oil, and set aside.
  2. Rinse the catfish fillets, and pat dry. In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, creole seasoning, paprika, sugar, and black pepper. Combine the eggs and hot sauce or water in a another bowl. Dip the fillets in the egg mixture, dredge in the cornmeal mixture, and arrange in the baking pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown. Turn once during cooking. Place catfish on a paper-towel lined plate, and serve immediately with additional hot sauce.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 31, 2010

The three tablespoons of oil is critical. I used less when I first prepared this dish and did not get the desired crispiness. I tried again with the recommended amount of oil and it made a huge difference. Will make again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2014

Good for a baked catfish, but nothing beats deep fried. We did use less hot pepper sauce thinking it'd be to hot, but next time we'll use closer to the tablespoon if not all. This is the best of any baked fish recipes though. I would recommend using 1/3 c. cornmeal & 2/3 c. panko as I'll make that change next time. This time I'd tried 1/2 & 1/2, but still to much cornmeal for our taste. I'd also squirt with some oil (oil or canola) to help crisp it up better.

Oct 06, 2009

This was a simple and easy recipe to follow. I had all the ingredients on hand and it was a healthy alternative to fried catfish. It was tasty and not overpowering.

Nov 11, 2009

I loved this dish! I have always found fried fish to be a favorite of mine. This was a great healthy alternative. I used fresh redfish fillets my husband caught instead of catfish. The only other change was to reduce the amount of hotsauce to 1 tsp. I have a four yr old who is not good with spicy foods. The breading was crunchy and tasty. This will deffinitely be made again in our house!! Thank you Carina!

May 04, 2010

This was the first time I've ever successfully cooked catfish - not because of this recipe, but because it finally occurred to me to cut each filet into smaller pieces. Still, this recipe was a great place to start! Because of the 3 tablespoons of oil (in this case, "oven-fried" is not a euphemism for "baked"), the coating comes out nice and crispy. We really liked it. I did end up cooking for a few extra minutes, but my oven was evidently built on Mars and I've learned never to trust it. Thanks for the recipe, we'll make this again!

Dec 13, 2010

OK: this is a keeper. The fish was very crunchy, but absorbed very little of the oil. Recipe made enough coating for about three pounds of fish. Nice kick, but definitely not too spicy hot. We will try coating with other types of fish, maybe chicken fingers too.

Oct 05, 2010

Perfect! I used an extra 1/ 2 pound of catfish and cooked for 25 minutes and it came out great. Leftovers make great sandwiches on a whole wheat bun with mayo.

Jan 13, 2010

Im not a big fan of fried fish, but hubby said he liked it. He said the fish tasted "cleaner" than fried.


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  • Calories
  • 403 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 189 mg
  • 63%
  • Fat
  • 17.3 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 30.4 g
  • 61%
  • Sodium
  • 433 mg
  • 17%

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

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