Catfish Cakes Recipe
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Catfish Cakes Recipe

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These cakes are crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside—a real treat! I like to serve them with hush puppies and coleslaw. I developed the recipe to put to good use all the catfish we catch at our lake cabin. —Jan Campbell, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds catfish fillets
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 large potato, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups finely crushed butter-flavored crackers
  • Canola oil
  • Tartar sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 296 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 546mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein .


  1. Poach or bake catfish fillets until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain and refrigerate. Flake cooled fish into a large bowl. Add the eggs, potato, onion, parsley, pepper sauce, garlic, salt, pepper and basil and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. Place cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl. Coat patties in cracker crumbs. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook catfish cakes in oil in batches on each side or until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Catfish Cakes in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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aprimarie1224 896
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"I have made this several times. It is the only fish recipe I have found that I actually like! (I don't normally like fish)"

rebelwithoutaclue 1137
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I used catfish nuggets. Used Dixie Fry fish mix w/ the basil added instead of cracker crumbs. Don't leave out the basil! We use Dixie Fry mixes for everything we fry."

Potroast911 540
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I made this recipe with left-over baked potatoes and salmon. It was absolutely delicious! What a wonderful way to use up left-overs, Yum-yum!"

rottensocks 933
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"Gotta tell you, I was doubtful about the basil in the mix...but OMG! these fishcakes are so good. I didn't have butter-flavored crackers, so used breadcrumbs to coat the fish cakes and added a pat of butter to the oil in the pan when browning and spritzed with a squeeze of lemon before eating. This recipe is absolutely going into my files!"

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