I coat the catfish in pecans, then top it with a thick, rich cream sauce. It looks like you spent all day on it, but it's actually very speedy to prepare. Garnish it with lemon wedges, parsley or more chopped pecans if you desire. —Mary Ann Griffin, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Give your fish a southwestern "kick" with Teresa Hubbard's change-of-pace preparation. "My sister doesn't like seafood, so I figured I'd disguise it with a mix of interesting tastes and textures," she explains from Russellville, Alabama. "Everyone was surprised by the slightly crunchy tortilla chip coating."
These golden baked fillets have the delicious crunch of batter-fried catfish without the extra calories or prep time. A dash of lemon juice or salsa complements the mild fish nicely.—Kay Bell, Palestine, Texas
Whenever we have a fish fry, we begin the meal with this dip. My children and grandchildren love it, and it gets rave reviews at picnic and potlucks. Someone always requests the recipe. —Edna Carter, West Point, Virginia
"Whenever I want to serve fish in a flash, I turn to this recipe," reports Mary Dixson, Decatur, Alabama. "The fillets always turn out moist, tender and tasty. For even more flavor, spoon extra sauce over the fish before serving."
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, Purvis, Mississippi
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
Flaky fish fillets and strips of bacon are wrapped around a rich cream cheese filling, making an entree that's sure to pamper the two of you! "It's become a favorite at my house," says Anneliese Deising of Plymouth, Michigan.