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Cajun-Baked Catfish

Yield 4 servings
Fried catfish is a favorite Southern recipe. This oven-fried version gives you flavorful crispy fish without the mess.


  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 8 (3- to 4-ounce) catfish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • Garnish: lemon wedges

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients. Dredge catfish fillets in cornmeal mixture; place fillets, skin sides down, on a greased baking sheet.

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  2. Combine Cajun seasoning and seasoned salt; sprinkle over fillets. Drizzle with butter.

  3. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden and fish flakes with a fork. Garnish, if desired.

Cook's Notes

For a twist, the Fowlkeses recommend substituting 1 tablespoon lemon pepper for 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning.