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Cajun Baked Catfish

This well-seasoned fish nets me compliments from family and friends whenever I serves it. The fish is moist and flakey, the coating crisp, crunchy and flecked with paprika. —Jim Gales, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun or blackened seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 catfish or tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a shallow bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients.
  • Dip fillets in cornmeal mixture to coat both sides. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake until fish begins to flake easily with fork, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 242 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 748mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.
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  • Mabel
    Aug 22, 2019

    Omg, I like cajun food, but this is wayyy to spicy, and depending on what cajun seasoning you use, watch out for the salt was extremely salty..I used Tony Chacheres Creole seasoning. I think it would've been good, but had to smother the heat and saltiness with some sour cream. I think I would make again, but only use half the amount called for.

  • Kris Hodges
    Feb 7, 2019

    I made this tonight. It was okay but I have a better recipe for baked catfish.

  • fgchum01
    Feb 23, 2018

    Great recipe. It has become a regular feature for our family. They ask for it once a month or so. It's easy and tasty. I have changed the recipe slightly -- I think the changes help with getting an even, crunchy coating on the fish. Wash and dry the fish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Then dip each filet in well-beaten egg, diluted with water. Use a fork to lift the fish from the egg, allowing it to drip dry Then drop the fish into a plastic storage bag with the cornmeal mixture and shake to coat evenly. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to air dry for about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven till done, according to the online recipe.

  • Susie
    Jan 18, 2018

    Made last night, was very good

  • wunsagin
    Nov 22, 2016

    Delicious! Used Louisiana cajun seasoning and it was perfect. Followed the recipe exactly and used tilapia. Next time I'll try it with catfish!

  • beil
    Jun 17, 2016

    Unfortunately my husband and I didn't care for this recipe. I used tilapia which was an option. Since the fish wasn't dipped in an egg mixture or not sprayed with cooking spray, the breading didn't get crispy. I did spray the baking sheet.

  • browns19fan
    May 12, 2016

    I was a charter subscriber of Cooking for Two -- how did I miss this recipe? I used Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic and substituted crushed rosemary for the thyme. We both loved it.Additional info: Last night I was preparing a second (quick bread) dish that specified a 425-degree oven, and I had two enormous catfish fillets of about 1/2 pound each. I crossed my fingers and baked everything at 425 for 15 minutes. Double success!

  • Beema
    Apr 27, 2016

    Although originally published several years ago, I saw it for the first time in the April May 2016 issue of Simple & Delicious. This recipe fits both categories, simple and delicious. I used tilapia, and cut the recipe down from 2 to just one serving. Excellent.

  • skyguynetT
    Jul 23, 2015

    Excellent piece of fish, and you didn't have to fry it

  • ajgonzales
    Dec 28, 2014

    This was an easy to prepare dish and the results were delicious!