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Cornmeal Catfish with Avocado Sauce

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, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings (3/4 cup sauce)


  • 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


  • Place the first five ingredients in a food processor; process until blended.
  • In a shallow bowl, mix cornmeal and seafood seasoning. Dip catfish in cornmeal mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet with 3 tablespoons sauce: 505 calories, 37g fat (6g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Susan
    Aug 7, 2017

    This recipe deserves 5 stars even though I haven't tried it yet. Why? because anything with catfish is bound to be delicious. Just wanted to add a trick I've learned for frying catfish or any fish filet for that matter. Pat the fillet dry and then dip both sides in a dish of buttermilk immediately before dredging with cornmeal/flour coating. The meal will adhere better and the results will be crispier. This buttermilk method also works well when frying fresh sliced okra, but use soul food seasoning or garlic salt/paprika in the coating mix instead of seafood seasoning.

  • mariecar6
    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!

  • djzgirl
    Feb 10, 2014

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

  • kmarqui
    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.