The spicy cornmeal breading stays crispy when the fish is baked on a ventilated broiler pan. You can also use yellow cornmeal. Try this breading on other white fish fillets.
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
6 lemon wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 9 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag. Add 1 catfish fillet. Seal bag, and shake well. Remove fillet from bag, and place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with the remaining fillets and cornmeal mixture. Broil 6 inches from heat for 6 minutes. Carefully turn fillets over, and broil 6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
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I made this last night and it was a great. If you are dieting and watching your macros like me this is perfect its like having fried catfish without all of the guilt afterwards there are only 21g of carbs in 3 tbsp so spread that out over how ever many fillets you can there are not alot of carbs there.I will say this 2 tbsp like the recipe calls for is not going to cover 6 (6 oz) fillets if you are shaking them up in a bag so you will need to adjust the recipe or just sprinkle the corn meal on top.
Really GOOD catfish seasoning! My husband went out and bought some huge filets and I wanted to avoid frying so we found this recipe and tried it. Outstanding!! Even though I doubled the recipe I was still short, so we had to use Zataran's - boy, the difference was evident! Everyone at the dinner table was amazed that the fish was broiled but still looked and tasted so good. Will do this one again and again!!!
The seasoning mixture is really good. I used Tony Chachere's cajun spiced salt instead of regular seasoning salt and added 2 TB of Panko to the mixture. Actually cooked these in the large cast iron skillet (five minutes per side at medium high heat) with 2tsp. of oil instead of broiling. Served with a turmeric rice and steamed greens, with lemon slices on the side.