Cornmeal Catfish with Avocado Sauce Recipe
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Cornmeal Catfish with Avocado Sauce Recipe

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When I was growing up in California, my mother made catfish quite often, and it was always a hit. Now I cook it with my own twist. When only frozen catfish fillets are available, I thaw them in the refrigerator overnight, and they work just as well. —Mary Lou Cook, Welches, OR
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet with 3 tablespoons sauce equals 505 calories, 37 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 649 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein.


  1. Place the first five ingredients in a food processor; process until blended.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix cornmeal and seafood seasoning. Dip catfish in cornmeal mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add catfish in batches; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Top with avocado sauce and chopped tomato. Yield: 4 servings (3/4 cup sauce).
Originally published as Cornmeal Catfish with Avocado Sauce in Simple & Delicious June/July 2013, p23

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2015

"I'm actually just rating the avocado sauce. I added a splash of buttercream ranch to mine. The sauce was slathered on toast with a slice of Havarti, tomato slices and toasted Spam for a different and tasty breakfast. Umm!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"The whole family deemed this a "do-over"! :-) I followed the recipe exactly; wouldn't change a thing."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"As a fan of avocados and creamy sauces I had to try this. I used Hake instead of Catfish which didn't make a difference to the result for me. Both the batter and sauce were a delicious combination. My 3 and 5 year old children ate all their portion of the fish and the sauce before they ate any of their side dishes. Quick and easy to prepare dish, and the sauce can used in place of sour cream on fish tacos."

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