Catfish with Lemon/Butter Sauce Recipe
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Catfish with Lemon/Butter Sauce Recipe

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I created this recipe for a catfish cooking contest by modifying a recipe for shrimp and spaghetti, which I also developed. —Rita Futral, Ocean Spring, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 16 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon slices or wedges, optional
  • Additional parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (4 ounces) equals 379 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 668 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms and garlic, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add broth or wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add catfish, simmer, uncovered, for 6 to 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. (Butter sauce will be thin.) Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Garnish with lemon and parsley if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Catfish with Lemon/Butter Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015


Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"The family really took to this. I made it exactly per the recipe, but any kind of fish that would hold together when cooked, like shellfish would be great, too. It comes alive with the Parmesan cheese, so don't skimp on this ingredient."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"I was a bit nervous trying this recipe as I haven't had success with many fish dishes in the past. I was very much surprised with how tasty this dish is; felt like I was at Red Lobster! I used frozen tilapia filets that I had on hand instead of the catfish. A "keeper"."

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