Queso Catfish

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  • Published Aug 13th
  • Ready In50m
  • Servings4
  • Calories442

A deliciously crunchy and spicy way to serve catfish inspired by a similar dish I had in Beaumont, TX.

Queso Catfish Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Queso Catfish for 4 servings:

  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets catfish
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cheap beer
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 ounces processed cheese, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 chipotle pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Queso Catfish Cooking Instructions

  • Prep40m
  • Cook10m
  • Ready In50m

To cook Queso Catfish, you need about 40 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Queso Catfish is about 10 minutes , and you can serve your Queso Catfish within 50 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Queso Catfish easily:

  1. 1 In a shallow dish, stir together 1/4 cup of lime juice and beer. Place fish in the dish, and turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. 2 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Coat a roasting rack with cooking spray, and place over a baking sheet.
  3. 3 Rinse fish with cold water, and pat dry. Discard the marinade. In one dish, stir together the cornmeal, tortilla chip crumbs, salt and pepper. In another dish, stir together 2 tablespoons of lime juice and canola oil. Dip fillets into the lime and oil, then into the cornmeal mixture to coat. Place the fish onto the roasting rack.
  4. 4 Bake fish for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork. While the fish is baking, combine the processed cheese, chili powder, cumin, and chipotle pepper in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until melted and smooth.
  5. 5 Place fish onto serving plates, and spoon the cheese sauce over them. Top with a sprinkling of cilantro leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 442 calories; 26.5 grams of fat; 17.2 grams of carbohydrates; 31.3 grams of protein; 106 milligrams of cholesterol; 796 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 26th 2016

    Not bad. My fish took 15 minutes (probably would have been even better at 20 mins). The sauce is tasty, but gets thick and paste-like really quickly as it cools. Good bones to the recipe tho ...

  2. Nov 14th 2013

    I cut my fish thin and the cooking time was spot on. I did however put them under the broiler a couple of minutes to brown them up. I used white processed cheese since that is what I had lef ...

  3. May 27th 2012

    The beer (used a good beer) and lime gives an interesting (in a good way) flavor to the catfish. I also added a little garlic powder to the breading as it just sounded good. Didn't bother ...

  4. Dec 17th 2010

    Because many people had problems with the cooking time, I read the directions on the package of my fillets. They suggested 20-25 min at 375. It definitely took a full 25 minutes, probably ...

  5. Oct 14th 2010

    Messy. The "sauce" was more like a chunk of cheese. Add milk and it's still pasty. Coating on fish completely ruined the texture and taste of the fish. This could have been Queso tongue ...

  6. Jan 26th 2009

    I had the same issue as another reviewer...my fillets were thick and needed about 5-6 mins longer in the oven. I only had real cheddar cheese, so I added a little milk, salsa and a small sp ...

  7. Apr 24th 2008

    This recipe was wonderful!! I varied it just a bit to fit my family's preferences, though. I used flavored tortilla chips (I think they were salsa flavored?), skipped the cilantro, and ins ...

  8. Mar 15th 2007

    I may try this again and re-review it, but for now it's a 3 only b/c you have to time things right. My husband followed the recipe, but should have followed the standard fish cooking guidel ...

  9. Feb 18th 2007

    Very 'gourmet' with a southwestern flair. I loved it! Love the chips and catfish combo. Thanks for the inspiring dish (: