Catfish with Brown Butter-Pecan Sauce Recipe

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My husband is from the Midwest and grew up eating fried catfish. This dish is one of his favorites, and yet the rich, toasty pecans and tangy citrus are a perfect complement to any fish. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without lemon wedges): 574 calories, 46g fat (15g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 507mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, cayenne and pepper. Add catfish, one fillet at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, cook fillets in 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fish to a serving platter and keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet, melt remaining butter. Add pecans and cook over medium heat until toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon peel and juice. Serve with fish and lemon wedges. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Catfish with Brown Butter-Pecan Sauce in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p92

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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