Recipe By Mrs. Hermes
Published Apr 2nd
Oven-Fried Catfish
Prep 10m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 6 servings Calories 206.9

This recipe is a great alternative to pan-fried catfish. A combination of cornmeal and a variety of spices gives this recipe a savory kick in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds catfish fillets
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • cooking spray

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. 2 In a shallow dish, stir together the cornmeal, paprika, thyme, salt, celery seed, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Dip the catfish fillets in milk, then place them into the cornmeal mixture and coat liberally; place on the greased baking sheet. Coat the tops of the fillets with cooking spray until wet.
  3. 3 Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 206.9
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Cholesterol 53.8 mg
  • Fat 9 g
  • Fiber 0.8 g
  • Protein 19.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.1 g
  • Sodium 458.5 mg
  • Sugar 1.4 g


  1. I was excited to try this baked catfish with all the good reviews but this just wasn't for us. Wasn't crazy about the flavor of all the seasonings way too strong.
  2. Excellent seasoning..not too salty at all. Was crispy enough without having to flip over as one of the earlier reviewers mentioned. This cornmeal seasoning would also be great for frying fish in oil, but for the healthier version in the oven it is still A++++.
  3. This made the best catfish in the world. We always get whole catfish from our store and I usually cook it whole. I cut it in half and made it according to the recipe. The only thing I did do was add a touch of cayenne pepper. I made homemade sauce with wasabi mayo, real - Read more ...
  4. This was VERY good! My husband from the south loved it! I did add a pinch more salt and cajun seasoning to spice it up. Also cooked it about 20 min. Thank you for a healthy catfish meal!
  5. I can't believe my tastebuds! This is better than fried! I halved the salt added 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and served with lemon and tartar sauce.
  6. This was the best fish I have ever had that was not fried. It turned out so crispy without the added fat from frying. The seasoning was perfect. I used oarnge roughy because I don't really care for catfish. I will be making this often. Thanks for posting!
  7. Fast and easy! Pretty tasty a little bland. Mine was not as crispy as actual fried catfish (that may not be a surprise to other people). I did try re-dipping/breading 2 fillets as you often do with chicken fingers to make them extra crispy. They were not! A little soggy actually. So only dip once! - Read more ...
  8. I loved this dish and this technique. The spices used in the breading were right on, and the fish turned out delicious. The only thing that I did (since I had 2.6 lbs of catfish filets) was add an egg to the skim milk and about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs to the breading. I - Read more ...
  9. Thanks! Made this tonight (no garlic or onion powder and half the salt) and it was, as my wife said, "your best fish yet." Had all the necessary ingredients on hand, prep was quick. I also substituted crushed Triscuits for the cornmeal to make it a bit healthier -- worked perfectly.
  10. I will make again. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is it was wayyyyyyy too salty. And I love salt. Next time I will batter it and then just season it on the cookie sheet to my liking. Tooo bad.