Recipe By carina
Published Apr 8th
Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish
Prep 20m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 35m
Servings 4 servings Calories 402.7

I have served this to many a friend from the South, and it is always a winner! Serve with coleslaw and oven-baked french fries, and you’ll have a healthy, tasty meal!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pounds catfish fillets, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce or water

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 13x9 glass baking dish with the oil, and set aside.
  2. 2 Rinse the catfish fillets, and pat dry. In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, creole seasoning, paprika, sugar, and black pepper. Combine the eggs and hot sauce or water in a another bowl. Dip the fillets in the egg mixture, dredge in the cornmeal mixture, and arrange in the baking pan.
  3. 3 Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown. Turn once during cooking. Place catfish on a paper-towel lined plate, and serve immediately with additional hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 402.7
  • Carbohydrate 29.7 g
  • Cholesterol 188.6 mg
  • Fat 17.3 g
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • Protein 30.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.4 g
  • Sodium 433.5 mg
  • Sugar 1.9 g

Chef's Notes

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.


  1. This was amazing!!! You definitely want to use the full 3 tbls of oil to coat your glass dish (I used 2 tablespoons canola and 1 avocado oil). Make sure your fillets are dry as possible before coating with the egg and corn meal mix ( I used 3/4 c of cornmeal and 1/4 Panko - Read more ...
  2. Good for a baked catfish but nothing beats deep fried. We did use less hot pepper sauce thinking it'd be to hot but next time we'll use closer to the tablespoon if not all. This is the best of any baked fish recipes though. I would recommend using 1/3 c. cornmeal & 2/3 c. panko - Read more ...
  3. OK: this is a keeper. The fish was very crunchy but absorbed very little of the oil. Recipe made enough coating for about three pounds of fish. Nice kick but definitely not too spicy hot. We will try coating with other types of fish maybe chicken fingers too.
  4. Perfect! I used an extra 1/ 2 pound of catfish and cooked for 25 minutes and it came out great. Leftovers make great sandwiches on a whole wheat bun with mayo.
  5. The three tablespoons of oil is critical. I used less when I first prepared this dish and did not get the desired crispiness. I tried again with the recommended amount of oil and it made a huge difference. Will make again.
  6. This was the first time I've ever successfully cooked catfish - not because of this recipe but because it finally occurred to me to cut each filet into smaller pieces. Still this recipe was a great place to start! Because of the 3 tablespoons of oil (in this case "oven-fried" is not a euphemism for - Read more ...
  7. I was afraid this wouldn't come out crispy enough so i added about 10 minutes cooking time. I used tilapia because I recently developed a disgust for catfish (bad experience...) I added an extra teaspoon of creole seasoning (Creole Seasoning Blend from this site) to the cornmeal and a half teaspoon of salt to the - Read more ...
  8. I loved this dish! I have always found fried fish to be a favorite of mine. This was a great healthy alternative. I used fresh redfish fillets my husband caught instead of catfish. The only other change was to reduce the amount of hotsauce to 1 tsp. I have a four yr old who is - Read more ...
  9. This recipe was fast easy and good. I hope more people get to try it. I used Tony's as my creole seasoning(I use Tony's on almost everything:-). I made a couple of small modifications. I sprinkle some creole seasoning on the catfish after I pat dried them. I didn't use hot sauce. I added about - Read more ...
  10. This was a simple and easy recipe to follow. I had all the ingredients on hand and it was a healthy alternative to fried catfish. It was tasty and not overpowering.