How to Cook Baked Catfish

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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
  • Flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups cooking sauce or 1 can condensed cream soup
  • Baking pan
  • Aluminum foil

Herbed Catfish

  • 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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References

  • Ebony; "Date with a Dish: Catfish Anytime"; Charlotte Lyons; April 1990
  • "More Cooking Secrets of the CIA"; Culinary Institute of America; 1998
  • "Knack Diabetes Cookbook"; Nancy Maar; 2009
  • "Eat Cheap, But Eat Well"; Charles Mattocks, et al; 2009
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
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