Hands down, this is the best darned catfish we've ever eaten.
2 tablespoons light ranch dressing
2 large egg whites
6 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 (6-ounce) farm-raised catfish fillets
4 lemon wedges
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine the dressing and egg whites in a small bowl, and stir well with a whisk. Combine the cornmeal, cheese, flour, pepper, and salt in a shallow dish. Dip fish in egg white mixture; dredge in cornmeal mixture.
Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; bake at 425° for 12 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.
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I made this several times years ago but lost the recipe when we changed to the South Beach Diet. I found it again yesterday after purchasing catfish on sale. My fish turned out crispy. Hubby loved it. The only change I made was adding a little more parmesan cheese & cajun spices to the cornmeal/flour mixture. Hubby has requested that we have it again.
This is my go to catfish recipe. Turns out nice & crunchy (I usually spray the pan & the tops of the fish prior to baking) with a good flavor & flaky fish. I usually serve with okra/tomatoes, cheese grits, corn bread & lima beans for a good southern meal without the grease. If there are any leftovers, they go well in fish tacos.
I thought this was ok, but nothing amazing about it. It was easy and light-tasting and looked fried, but definitely didn't taste fried. ;-) I served with goat cheese scalloped potatoes. Step-by-step photos on my blog: http://me-myself-and-pie.blogspot.com/2009/10/crisp-crusted-catfish-potato-gratin.html