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Oven-Fried Catfish Sandwiches

Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 19 mins
Total time 31 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Serve with Garlic and Cumin–Seasoned Fries. You can substitute tilapia for the catfish, if desired, though check for doneness a few minutes earlier because tilapia fillets are usually thinner.


  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons capers, chopped
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 4 (4-ounce) catfish fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (2-ounce) hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Nutrition Information

  • calories 431
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • fat 16.2 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 5.5 g
  • polyfat 5.6 g
  • protein 25.4 g
  • carbohydrate 45.2 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • cholesterol 60 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 785 mg
  • calcium 91 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place baking sheet in oven.

  2. Combine mayonnaise, relish, capers, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper sauce in a small bowl, stirring well. Set aside.

  3. Combine flour, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Place egg whites in a shallow bowl. Combine cornmeal, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in a shallow dish. Working with 1 fillet at a time, dredge in flour. Dip in egg whites; dredge in cornmeal mixture. Place fillet on a plate; repeat procedure with remaining fillets, flour, egg whites, and cornmeal mixture.

  4. Transfer fillets to preheated baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat fillets with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 6 minutes. Turn fillets and coat with cooking spray; bake an additional 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

  5. Place 1 bottom half of roll on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 fillet, 2 tomato slices, and 1 onion slice. Spread 4 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on cut side of each roll top; place on top of sandwiches. Serve immediately.

  6. Beer note: Long before the term "pilsner" was appropriated by American megabrewers, it described a lager with floral aromatics and a clean, dry finish. Stoudt's Pils ($8/6-pack) from Pennsylvania revives that tradition, making this beer ideal with lighter fare like these sandwiches. This pilsner is crisp, yet flavorful, with a frothy white head, bready aromas, and satisfying hop bitterness that cuts through the creamy mayonnaise. —Jeffery Lindenmuth