Catfish does not have to be a greasy, artery-clogging fried entree. Make your main dish healthier in the oven. Baked catfish does not require quarts of oil for cooking, making it a cleaner and safer alternative for the kitchen. The lack of oil also means baked catfish is healthier than fried, but no less flavorful.
Things You'll Need
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Catfish fillets
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- Seasoning blend
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups cooking sauce or 1 can condensed cream soup
- Baking pan
- Aluminum foil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to keep the catfish from sticking.
Dip the catfish fillets in the melted butter to completely coat the fish and provide a glue for the seasonings.
Roll the butter-coated fish in a seasoning blend of your choice.
Transfer the fish to the baking sheet. Bake the catfish for 17 to 20 minutes or until it breaks apart into flakes easily when cut with the side of a fork.
Crunchy Oven-fried Catfish
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
Coat the catfish with a light dusting of flour on all sides, and dip into the beaten eggs.
Drag the catfish through the breadcrumbs to completely cover the catfish.
Bake the catfish at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork.
Saucy Baked Catfish
Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of the catfish to add flavor, if desired, or just add salt and pepper to the fish.
Place the catfish in a single layer in a baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour the cooking sauce over the catfish in the baking pan.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
Bake the fish for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the catfish has cooked completely through and flakes with a fork.
Tips & Warnings
- Try Italian seasoning blend, dry ranch dressing mix, a barbecue rub or Cajun spice seasoning mix for flavoring the catfish.
- For the sauce, use your favorite cooking sauce such as marinara, barbecue sauce, salsa.
- Substitute a can of condensed cream soup, such as cream of mushroom or cream of celery for the cooking sauce. Add 1/2 cup of water to the condensed soup before pouring it over the catfish.
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