4 servings

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Chef's Notes

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

Ratings & Reviews

caromacon's Review

April 18, 2010
This recipe is awesome. I expected it to be very bad, despite the positive reviews - I grew up in a frying family. It honestly tasted fried. Plus, it's so simple! I omitted the seasoned salt (as some reviews suggested) and used cayenne pepper and Tony Chachere's.

January 04, 2017
Do you cover fish with foil while baking

January 04, 2017
Do you over it with foil while baking?

January 04, 2017
Do you cover fish with foil while baking it?


February 19, 2016
DO NOT add the amount of salt in the recipe! That amount along with the butter drizzled on top of the fish as well as the saltiness of the Cajun seasoning will take it over the top in salt  : (  I WASTED 2 nice pieces of catfish on this recipe. I didn't even add the salt mentioned and it was still too salty. Couldn't figure out why, Then I read label on the Cajun seasoning: 1/4 tsp has 290 mg of salt!!. Then I read label on the container (after the fact) and it said:  "Use as you would salt and pepper on anything you cook for perfectly seasoned dish". In other words, that said to me to "use moderately". The two TBS of Cajun seasoning way too much. I used "Louisiana Fish Fry Products Cajun Seasoning." At least I won't make that mistake again. Skip the butter too; maybe unsalted better. I cant believe whoever wrote this likes that much salt : (

CoraKitchen's Review

February 27, 2009
I usually do not bake fish, but with this recipe the filets were tasty, flaky and satisfying. I will reduce the salt next time. The recipe was quick and easy. I served baked potatoes and corn and lemon wedges for garnish.

britt3's Review

November 16, 2012

1RoughneckDiva's Review

July 11, 2010
I added cayenne for a bit of zing. Easy to make, lots of flavor. By using a no fat spread instead of butter, I dropped a lot of calories. I served with eggwhite noodles tossed with roasted tomatoes and a mixed vegetable medley. A new favorite.