This Cajun Baked Catfish Recipe is quick, easy, economical, healthful and it tastes so doggone good your family will gobble it up!
If you’re trying to get more fish in your diet but running up against a non-fish eating family this is the recipe to try!
The secret is in the blend of seasonings that coat both sides of the catfish fillet. There is cayenne and hot pepper sauce, so you may want to make adjustments for those who don’t require a mouthful of heat.
A few minutes baking in a hot oven and it’s done. You can actually marinate the fish earlier in the day then just pop it in the oven to bake when you get home.
Life should be so simple!
I love most anything Cajun and this baked catfish is out of this world good.
- 4 fillets 8 ounces each fresh catfish
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 450F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray or a little olive oil.
Combine the dried thyme, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne, pepper sauce, kosher salt and olive oil in a small bowl. Stir the mixture with a fork to blend it completely.
Use a pastry brush or the backside of a spoon, and evenly spread the seasoning over both sides of the catfish fillet.
Place the fish in the prepared baking dish and bake in the hot oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.
Serve hot with Cajun mayonnaise or tartar sauce.
Food For Thought – For some people catfish, even baked catfish, is not catfish unless it has some type of breading.
While it is more beneficial, calorie wise, to bake the fish plainly, you can prepare a light crust to keep the crust people happy.
Combine the above seasoning mixture with a little buttermilk (regular milk is fine also), dip each fillet in it then lay them in the baking dish and cover them with plain or seasoned bread crumbs. The oil in the seasoning mix should soak up some of the breading and the topping should get lightly crunchy as it bakes.
Delicious baked catfish!